Mercy Children’s Hospital Recertified as Cleft Palate Team and Craniofacial Team

December 16, 2010


The Mercy Cleft Lip/Palate and Craniofacial Deformities Center at Mercy Children’s Hospital was recently recertified by the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) as a Cleft Lip/Palate Team and a Craniofacial Team for a period of five years beginning Jan. 1, 2011.

The teams at Mercy Children’s Hospital are lead by pediatric plastic and craniofacial surgeon Dr. Jeffrey L. Marsh. The team is inter-specialty including a team coordinator, audiology, child psychology, nutrition, genetic counseling, neurosurgery, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, and pediatric specialists including dentistry, nursing, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, plastic/craniofacial surgery, speech-language pathology and social work.

“We have always prided ourselves on providing great care to kids who need our services,” said Jeffrey Marsh, MD, head of pediatric plastic surgery at Mercy Children’s Hospital. “This national distinction allows us to be listed among some of the best in the country on the Cleft Palate Foundation website and be easily found by parents throughout the United States.”

The Commission on Teams for the ACPA lists six components as essential to the quality of care provided by treatment teams:

  • Team Composition
  • Team Management and Responsibilities
  • Patient and Family/Caregiver Communications
  • Cultural Competence
  • Psychological and Social Services
  • Outcomes Assessment.

The Cleft Palate Foundation (CPF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to optimizing the quality of life for individuals affected by facial birth defects. It was founded by the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association in 1973 to be the public service arm of the professional Association. Dr. Marsh was president of CPF from 1990-96 and of ACPA 1997-98.

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