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Published on January 30, 2013

CentraCare Cleft Team Nationally Designated

The CentraCare Cleft Palate Team, a part of the St. Cloud Hospital Cleft & Craniofacial Center has been designated as a Cleft Palate Team (CPT) by the Commission on Approval of Teams (CAT). The 4-year designation assures patients and families that the CentraCare Cleft Palate team provides high quality care, meeting the standards set forth by the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association and Cleft Palate Foundation.

The Cleft & Craniofacial Center provides coordinated pediatric specialty care for children with facial differences throughout the Midwest. Many of these cases can be diagnosed prenatally - in the perinatal clinic, at time of birth or in infancy.

St. Joseph siblings Mitchell Schleper, age 13, and his sister, Haley, 12, were two of the first patients to benefit from the coordinated care at the Cleft & Craniofacial Center. Their mom, Jeanie Schleper, said having all of the different specialists who cared for her children beneath one roof helped to reduce a stressful situation.

"The providers were so reassuring," Jeanie said. "They gave us a timeline of what to expect and prepared us for what was happening right now. This helped us to not dwell on things or worry about the future."

The center is one of many types of pediatric specialty care offered in Central Minnesota. Providing care locally helps families avoid the physical, social and financial burdens of traveling to the Twin Cities. These differences may include cleft lip or cleft palate, syndromes of the face and head and trauma injuries.

The Cleft & Craniofacial Center uses a multi-disciplinarian team consisting of:

  • clinical nurse specialist/coordinator
  • ear, nose and throat specialist (otolaryngologist)
  • geneticist
  • nurses
  • dietitian
  • oral surgeon
  • orthodontist
  • pediatric dentist
  • physical therapist
  • plastic surgeon
  • pediatrician
  • primary care doctor
  • psychologist
  • speech therapist

Since forming in 2000, hundreds of children have benefited from receiving care. As one of the premier cleft and craniofacial centers in the Midwest, we provide:

  • confidential diagnosis and treatment, based on the most current research
  • convenient, family-oriented program
  • supportive and educational environment
  • comprehensive, long-term emotional and physical care
  • coordinated, one-on-one multi-disciplinary approach
  • compassionate, holistic care

Cleft and Craniofacial Center accepts referrals for evaluation, consultation and treatment of any child from prior to birth to 21 years old.

Learn more about the Cleft & Craniofacial Center.

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