The Cleft Center/First Appalachian Craniofacial Deformity Specialists (FACES) at CAMC has been recognized by the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) as an accredited center for the multi-disciplinary care of children with cleft and craniofacial differences – the only clinic in West Virginia to earn this designation.
The ACPA, which is the governing association of cleft-craniofacial centers in North America, is comprised of health care professionals whose work involves treating and researching birth defects such as cleft clip and cleft palate, as well as other facial conditions. Earning accreditation means that the CAMC cleft team is committed to providing comprehensive, quality care for patients affected by craniofacial conditions.
In 2012, the Cleft Center/FACES had 722 patient visits for cleft and craniofacial-related diagnoses.
"We have always focused on providing the best care to children who need our services, and to be recognized among some of the best cleft centers in the country is an honor," said Bruce B. Horswell, MD, DDS, MS, FACS, co-director of the Cleft Center. "This was a very lengthy and consuming application, which required demonstration of a closed-loop evaluation and treatment process among patients/families, referrals and PCPs, and involved health care professionals with outcomes results and a database acquisition of those results. We couldn't have done it without the perseverance and hard work of our clinic team coordinator, Lola Forester, RN, and clinic manager Amy Dean."
As stated in the ACPA notification letter, "The purpose of the Commission on Approval of Teams is to assure patients and families that the teams to which they are referred meet the Standards for Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Teams as set forth by the ACPA and Cleft Palate Foundation."
The CAMC Physicians Group Cleft Center/FACES is located at Women and Children's Hospital and specializes in the management of congenital and acquired craniomaxillofacial deformities (skull, scalp, eyes, ears, nose, jaws, lips and mouth) and other related problems. Under the direction of Drs. Bruce Horswell and co-director Michael Jaskolka, the team is comprised of craniomaxillofacial surgeons, neurosurgeons, ENT surgeons, pediatric dentists, orthodontists, geneticist and counselors, speech pathologists, dieticians and social workers.
For more information visit camc.org/faces.
Photo: Drs. Bruce Horswell (left) and Michael Jaskolka with cleft lip and palate surgery patient Bradley Blankenship, 9, of Gilbert, WV.