From left to right, James Marcin, Michelle Thompson and Diana Sundberg.

From left to right, James Marcin, Michelle Thompson and Diana Sundberg.

James Marcin, director of pediatric telehealth at UC Davis Children’s Hospital, and Diana Sundberg, manager of the Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department at UC Davis Children’s Hospital, have been named the recipients of this year’s UC Davis Children’s Miracle Achievement Award.

The Children’s Miracle Achievement Award honors caregivers who have significantly elevated the care of children and have specifically been impacted by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ (CMN) funds.

Marcin was nominated for his work with the Pediatric Telemedicine team. Under Marcin’s leadership, 6,264 outpatients and 465 inpatients have received specialized care from pediatric subspecialists at UC Davis Children’s Hospital without having to travel here. These services have been provided to more than 123 distinct locations, including rural clinics, Native American reservations, emergency departments, labor and delivery units and newborn nurseries throughout California.

Sundberg was nominated for her work with the Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department. She has expanded child life services into radiology for patients scheduled for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computerized axial tomography (CT) or other radiologic procedures. Child life specialists now also accompany phlebotomists in obtaining blood specimens from children. Additionally, Sundberg developed a Child Life Specialist Fellowship Program.

“It was an honor to give the awards to both Dr. Marcin and Diana Sundberg,” Michelle Thompson, associate director of the Children’s Miracle Network at UC Davis Children’s Hospital. “They work tirelessly to help support the Children’s Miracle Network program by donating their time, speaking with our corporate partners and making an impact in our community.”