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St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital Earns National Recognition as Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Team

The Commission on the Approval of Teams of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) and the Cleft Palate Foundation (CPF) recently voted to fully approve St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital’s Craniofacial Center as a Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Team for a period of five years. The approval is given to cleft palate and craniofacial teams that meet essential standards for care as set forth by the ACPA and CPF. 

“This national distinction signifies St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital’s commitment to treating children born with craniofacial anomalies,” said Pat Ricalde, M.D., DDS, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon who specializes in pediatric craniofacial surgery and the director of the St. Joseph’s Children’s Craniofacial Center. “This achievement of excellence is well-earned by all of the health care providers who make up the team.”

About the Program
St. Joseph’s Children’s Craniofacial Center provides pediatric patients with a comprehensive, state-of-the-art, interdisciplinary approach to treating head shape, cleft lip and palate and other complex craniofacial anomalies. Pediatric specialists that comprise the center’s team include:

Child Life Specialists
Lactation Consultant
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon
Orthopedic Surgeon
Speech Language Pathologist

“This team approach allows families to maximize their experience in a single visit,” said Dr. Ricalde. “Family members are present during the decision-making process and are encouraged to ask questions and be part of the team.”

Some of the procedures performed by St. Joseph’s Children’s Craniofacial Center team include facial reconstruction, cleft lip and palate surgery, skull reconstruction, correction of vascular anomalies (birthmarks), ear reconstruction and treatment of plagiocephaly (misshaped head).

For more information about St. Joseph’s Children’s Craniofacial Center, please call (813) 870-4565.

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