New UC Davis Health state-of-the-art eye care facility in Sacramento


The Ernest E. Tschannen Eye Institute is dedicated to world-class eye care and vision restoration

SACRAMENTO, CA – UC Davis Health welcomes patients to state-of-the-art technology Ernest E. Chanin Eye Institute Building. The innovative facility is dedicated to advancing world-class eye care and offering hope for sight recovery through advanced technology, pioneering research, and leading eye care physicians.

“The tremendous generosity of Ernest E. Chanin, along with the many donors who joined him, made this new building a reality,” said Gary S. May, Chancellor of the University of California, Davis. “Our faculty are able to carry out their transformative work and make a global impact, all while training the next generation of ophthalmologists and serving the public.”

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The 78,500-square-foot building is an addition to the existing Ambulatory Care Center, which has undergone a partial renovation. The four-story building includes space for the UC Davis Eye and Operations Center’s clinic, physician offices, and conference areas. The third floor houses the Department of Pain Medicine, with examination rooms and procedure rooms.

“This is a great moment in history University of California, Davis Health And a giant step forward for our deserving patients and for the clinicians who care for them,” said Mark J. Mannis, Fosse Endowed Chair in Vision Science Research and Professor and Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences at UC Davis. “We are grateful for the generous donation from our friend Mr. Chanin and all of our other supporters. Their generosity, hard work and dedication made this vision a reality.”

Eye examination room

The design accommodates visually impaired people

The building provides a comfortable and intuitive experience for all. Visitors to the Eye Center are greeted with high contrast colors and textures to help visually impaired people find their way more easily. Communal spaces radiate relaxation with home-like furnishings and natural light.

Visitors may also notice the vibrant art collection, which includes paintings by former patients who have regained their sight and by an artist who is blind and deaf. The common areas also have display cases with old ophthalmological instruments and eyeglasses.

The new facility will greatly increase the clinic’s capacity to see patients, with 64 examination rooms and 24 imaging rooms, which use state-of-the-art equipment to assess eye health. A special suite dedicated to pediatric ophthalmology features bright colours, fun artwork and a play area.

The Eye Center clinic on the second floor is dedicated to refractive and refractive surgery. The first floor also contains an optical shop with glasses for adults and children.

waiting room

Researchers and doctors in the same building

The new building also houses leading vision researchers at the Eye Center, who have received prestigious grants from the National Eye Institute.

Mance estimates that the new facility will increase the center’s capacity to conduct clinical trials by 50 percent. Current clinical trials offered by the Eye Center include stem cell treatment for vision loss, low energy laser trabeculoplasty for glaucoma, micropulse laser treatment for diabetic macular edema, and many more.

The Eye Rejuvenation Therapies Center, located on the second floor, researches gene therapies and transplants for inherited retinal diseases that have not yet received effective treatment.

“UC Davis is able to make breakthroughs in eye health because we are a unique academic medical center with a multidisciplinary approach to helping people live better, healthier, and more fulfilling lives,” said David Lubarsky, CEO of UC Davis Health and vice chancellor of the Humanities Department. Health sciences. “The Ernest E. Tschannen Eye Institute building is the perfect embodiment of our mission at UC Davis Health.”


dignified vision

The project started with a gift of $18.5 million from… Ernest E. ChannWho regained his sight is an ophthalmologist at the Eye Center. Additional funding for the building’s construction came from UC Davis Medical Center and other generous donors.

In 2000, Chanin began to lose his sight due to glaucoma. When the disorder is not treated, it can lead to vision loss and blindness. In 2011, Channin’s ophthalmologist referred him to the UC Davis Eye Center, where he underwent eye surgery by ophthalmologist Michael C. Lim to improve his vision and manage glaucoma.

In his remarks at the building’s dedication in September, Chanin, 97, said he hopes the facility will help people enjoy better health and a better life for generations to come.

“My thanks to all the people who were involved in putting this building together. I thank them for their efforts and hard work to make it happen. I just can’t thank you enough.” He also gave special appreciation to Lim, the Medical Director of the Eye Center, and thanked everyone for what they had done for him.

Tschannen’s total lifetime giving has exceeded $38.5 million, making him UC Davis Health’s largest single donor. His money supported research into the optic nerve and glaucoma.

We build the best

Architect Chris Downey and the consultant team worked closely with the Eye Center physicians and scientists to fully integrate their unique needs. Downey, who lost his sight in 2008, has dedicated his career to improving environments for the visually impaired.

San Francisco-based TEF and national corporation HGA partnered on the building’s design. McCarthy Construction and Vanier Construction Management handled the construction.


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