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Shriners Hospitals for Children and UC Davis Health consider a closer alliance

Shriners Hospitals for Children and UC Davis Health consider a closer alliance

Leaders from Shriners Hospitals for Children and UC Davis Health have entered into talks to consider ways that their partnership can positively impact the care of children in the region. The goal of the talks is to build on the success of the partnership between these two organizations that dates back to the early 1990s, when the Shriners made the decision to build a new, multi-disciplinary hospital in Sacramento.

The current Affiliation Agreement between Shriners Hospitals for Children and UC Davis, in place since 1997, made it possible to jointly achieve nationally recognized programs and treatment specialties as well as attract and retain internationally recognized doctors and scientists. Together, the Northern California Shriners Hospital and the UC Davis Children’s Hospital rank as one of the nation’s top 10 providers of pediatric orthopaedic care by U.S. News and World Report.

The recent decision by the Shriners Hospitals for Children Board of Trustees to significantly expand programs in Sacramento paves the way for the development of a pediatric powerhouse. “I know people often say it, but as Shriners we mean it – our mission reflects a commitment to improving the lives of children. The decision to establish a national pediatric center of excellence in the heart of Northern California is an investment in the lives of kids today and for generations to come,” said Jerry G. Gantt, chairman of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Board of Trustees. Both organizations share the commitment to providing the highest quality of patient care, to teaching the next generation of health care providers and to scientific research focused on improving clinical outcomes.

“We now have the opportunity to explore a range of programmatic and organizational options that will build upon our tremendous success so far,” said Brad Simmons, interim CEO of UC Davis Health. “The working collaboration between UC Davis Children’s Hospital and Shriners Hospital, across the street, has already resulted in the development of nation-leading pediatric care and brought new research to families in our region. We are excited to explore more ways we can provide more care to more children in the community.”

Representatives of Shriners Hospitals for Children and UC Davis Health have initiated robust exploratory discussions.

“Our discussions are focused on how we can better serve the next generation of children. Our goal is to build on the accomplishments the existing partnership has made possible and to identify new and innovative ways to ensure that children with complex needs have access to exceptional medical care,” said Margaret Bryan, administrator and CEO of the Northern California Shriners Hospital.

It is expected that a future course for the partnership will be identified in the next six to nine months.