UC Davis Fertility Program and Collaboration with California IVF
Effective July 1, 2011, California IVF Fertility Center entered a collaborative agreement with UC Davis Medical Center's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology to provide fertility treatment services to patients previously seen at the UC Davis fertility program in Sacramento. Patients will be able to continue their infertility evaluation and treatment as the UC Davis clinical services are relocated to our Davis and Sacramento offices. The UC Davis Fertility Center has posted information about this transition on their home page, and many patients have already received a letter in the mail outlining the relocation of services. California IVF Fertility Center would like to welcome the patients from UC Davis Fertility Center and take the opportunity to review several important details regarding the transition and what it means to the patients involved. We have dedicated staff available to answer questions and assist patients with a smooth transition.
California IVF Fertility Center
California IVF Fertility Center was founded in 2004 out of the desire to provide the most advanced fertility treatment services in a family-like atmosphere. Since that time, the center has been able to expand due to the compassion and individualized care given to each of our patients. The center acquired the Sher Institutes of Reproductive Medicine - Sacramento, which has been providing fertility treatments for the longest duration in the Sacramento region. California IVF Fertility Center entered a collaborative agreement with UC Davis effective July 1, 2011. As part of this collaborative agreement, California IVF Fertility Center will provide clinical and teaching responsibilities previously managed by UC Davis Fertility Center in Sacramento. California IVF Fertility Center officially changed names from California IVF: Davis Fertility Center, Inc. to reflect the expansion of services in Davis, Sacramento, and Roseville. California IVF Fertility Center is the only center that holds a permit to use the name "California IVF", though many other clinics use the name repeatedly in an attempt to divert attention to their program.
California IVF Fertility Center has 4 board certified Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Specialists who hold faculty appointments at UC Davis. Dr. John Gould is a board certified urologist with an emphasis in male fertility. Dr. Gould holds a faculty appointment at UC Davis and has provided male fertility services for the Sacramento region since 1990.
Closure of the UC Davis Fertility Center
Clinical services at the UC Davis Fertility Center in Sacramento have been relocated to California IVF Fertility Center as part of our collaboration agreement. The fertility program continues to operate in close communications with the university and patients' insurance benefits will remain intact and unaffected by the transition. Throughout the transition, we have emphasized that the program is not closing, but simply relocating to a streamlined and highly efficient private practice setting where we will be able to leverage the scientific and academic merits of the UC Davis system while providing care in a private practice that has a proven track record of success.
Patients previously seen by Dr. Antoni Duleba will be able to continue their care at our Davis office. Please call our office at 530-771-0177 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Duleba.
California IVF has direct access to medical records stored at UC Davis. Arrangements are in place to facilitate a seamless transition of care including access to the electronic medical record systems used at UC Davis. Patients do not need to complete a request to have their records transferred as the records can be retrieved as needed.
Insurance Benefits and Treatment Costs
California IVF is a participating provider for the UC Davis Medical Group. Our physicians have received faculty appointments and have been added as members of the medical group. This allows patients to continue to take full advantage of their medical benefits. We have dedicated staff at UC Davis and California IVF available to assist with insurance benefits. In many cases, patients are able to save on treatment costs due to our pricing plans. We are happy to answer questions before or after the new patient consultation.
Laboratory Services and Andrology
California IVF has assumed responsibility for andrology services for UC Davis patients. Referring physicians are able to send patients to our centers for semen analysis testing and other andrology services. Our andrology program is further strengthened by the clinical and surgical services of Dr. John Gould for patients affected by male infertility. Vasectomy reversal procedures, surgical extraction of sperm, and male fertility consultations are available. We are available for sperm cryopreservation services for cancer patients. Fertility preservation can often be provided with the use of sperm freezing and our staff are available to expedite the process.
Our clinical laboratory programs in Sacramento and Davis have passed inspections at the State and Federal level with high accolades and reports indicating no corrective actions necessary. Inspectors have commented on the high quality and organization of our program. On-site laboratory testing and semen analysis services help to expedite the evaluation process and increase patient convenience.
The embryology laboratory is staffed by 3 senior embryologists each with greater than 15 years' experience and a junior embryologist with an emphasis on expanding the research programs in the embryology laboratory. The laboratory has extensive experience with pre implantation genetic testing of embryos, a service many laboratories are not capable of providing. The laboratory director, Dr. Douglas Raburn, from Duke University Medical Center, provides consultation and oversight services. Dr. Raburn will oversee the re-design and modernization of the Sacramento laboratory including the introduction of a highly streamlined and efficient culture system, ultra-purified air system, and techniques designed to increase pregnancy rates. Dr. Antoni Duleba will utilize his collaborative opportunities with Yale University and other academic programs to further expand pre-implantation testing of embryos and oocyte cryopreservation services. Dr. Duleba has been awarded an NIH grant for oocyte cryopreservation which will continue to help California IVF and UC Davis lead the way in fertility treatment options. California IVF reports clinical data to the Center for Disease Control.
Embryo and Sperm Storage
Embryos and sperm previously stored at UC Davis Fertility Center have been transferred to California IVF. Patients will have the option to continue storing the embryos and/or sperm for an indefinite amount of time. Patients always have the option to donate their embryos to another couple, donate for research purposes, discard the embryos, or continue cryopreserving the embryos. California IVF operates an embryo adoption program and can help facilitate directed or anonymous donations. UC Davis and California IVF do not impose a time limit on the storage of embryos. Patients will be required to continue paying for the annual storage fee to continue preserving the embryos or sperm.
Stacey and Jennifer are available at 530-771-0177 to assist UC Davis Fertility Center patients with the transition and relocation. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns. Patients do not need to request a records transfer to California IVF. Referring physicians are also invited to call with questions.
The Future of Fertility Care
California IVF and UC Davis have formed a collaboration agreement to foster the future growth and modernization of fertility services for the Northern California region. There are many new programs and exciting changes coming in the near future. Please check back often for new announcements and services. The old approaches to fertility care is being replaced with more advanced options with the goal of helping our patients with what is important to them, having a baby. Our success in both business and with babies is a testament to our commitment to provide the very best service while individualizing patient care and maximizing the chances of a successful outcome. Our family is here to help you build your family. You can see more of our personal touch at BabiesInDavis.com in the photo gallery section.