- April 12, 2019
-- The Snyder Family Cleft and Craniofacial Center at Wolfson Children's Hospital has received certification from the American Cleft Palate – Craniofacial Association (ACPA) as an ACPA-approved Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Team.
Wolfson Children's Hospital's regional program is one of 112 in the country, seven in Florida and two in Georgia to have earned this approval.
"We are honored to have the Snyder Family Cleft and Craniofacial Center program receive ACPA approval, recognizing our team as having the highest level of training in cleft palate and craniofacial surgery," said pediatrician Jeffrey Goldhagen, MD, medical director of the Snyder Family Cleft and Craniofacial Center at Wolfson Children's Hospital. "The ACPA has established the standards for industry excellence and team recognition, and its approval recognizes our dedication to the highest quality of patient care."
To receive this national distinction, teams must meet the required standards of care and outcomes set by the ACPA, an international nonprofit association of more than 2,500 healthcare professionals who are involved in treatment and research related to cleft lip, cleft palate, and other craniofacial abnormalities. Among the many functions of this organization is to perform reviews of teams from various locations.
The Snyder Family Cleft and Craniofacial Center at Wolfson Children's Hospital follows nationally-recognized standards and protocols for the depth of specialists who are on a child's medical team, as well as protocols for timing of evaluations and treatments based on a child's specific needs. Children born with birth defects known as cleft lip, cleft palate and/or other craniofacial differences require individualized treatment from infancy into adulthood.
"We have assembled a highly trained team of experts from many disciplines to treat patients," said Dr. Goldhagen. "All of us work together to provide comprehensive, family-centered patient care."
The Snyder Family Cleft and Craniofacial Center at Wolfson Children's Hospital receives generous support from the Edward and Lizbeth Snyder Pediatric Cleft and Craniofacial Conditions Endowment.
The Snyder Family Cleft and Craniofacial Center at Wolfson Children's Hospital helps children from North Florida, South Georgia and beyond. Wolfson Children's Hospital provides cleft and craniofacial services in partnership with Nemours Children's Specialty Care, Jacksonville, the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville (http://www.hscj.ufl.edu/medicine/
), Emergency Resources Group (http://www.ergjax.com/
), and professionals in medicine, surgery, dentistry, orthodontics and other community-based partners.