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Boston cleft lip and palate program earns prestigious distinction

Boston cleft lip and palate program earns prestigious distinction

The Cleft and Craniofacial Center, a collaboration between Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston and MassGeneral Hospital for Children, is an approved team of The American Cleft Palate Craniofacial Association (ACPA). Since its beginnings in 1943, the ACPA has become a multidisciplinary organization of more than 2,500 members, representing more than 30 disciplines in 60 countries. Approximately 2,650 babies are born with a cleft palate and 4,440 babies are born with a cleft lip with or without a cleft palate in the United States annually; with the diverse needs of these individuals, interdisciplinary care is essential.

The mission of the ACPA is to optimize team care for patients, and the approval process plays a major part in ensuring this mission become a reality. This distinction is for teams that meet the highest quality standards for their composition and functioning. The purpose of ACPA Team Approval is to provide care in a coordinated and consistent manner with the proper sequencing of evaluations and treatments within the framework of the patients overall developmental, medical and psychological needs.

ACPA Approved Teams are comprised of qualified professionals from medical, surgical, dental and other health disciplines working in an interdisciplinary system. Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston’s addition to the organization required a very lengthy application process that was completed by Eric Liao M.D., Ph.D., FACS, co-director, Cleft and Craniofacial Center; Kathy Hannigan RN; and Sandra Barrett RN, care manager. This prestigious membership allows for opportunities that bring specialists together in a common forum, with the singular goal of delivering the best outcomes to their patients.

In addition to the benefits to the hospital from such an allegiance, the ACPA also provides resources to patients and families through ACPA Family Services. They make referrals to ACPA Approved Teams, raise funds for research, advocate for family-centered team care, and award scholarships to health care professionals and college students who are affected by cleft and craniofacial conditions.

We are incredibly proud of our Cleft and Craniofacial Center team for their work and dedication to the care provided at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston. Congratulations on your ACPA approval.