Maxillofacial Program

Also known as: Facial Birth Defects, Cleft Lip, Cleft Palate

Our interdisciplinary team of specialists diagnoses and treats hundreds of children each year with facial birth defects, such as cleft lip and cleft palate.

We work together to:

  • Repair the birth defect
  • Achieve normal speech, language and hearing
  • Achieve functional dental occlusion with good dental health

The team is also focused on optimizing psychosocial and developmental outcomes. At the same time, we focus on minimizing the cost of treatment and facilitating ethically-sound, family-centered care.

Coordination of care helps families navigate the medical and social factors to be considered in treatment decisions. Infants and children in with maxillofacial anomalies are best cared for by a multi-faceted team of specialists with clinical expertise in diagnosis and treatment of birth defects. Outcomes in surgical, speech, hearing, dental, psychosocial and cognitive domains are measured throughout the child’s life by the interdisciplinary team.

Spokane Maxillofacial Program 

The Spokane Maxillofacial Program is a community-based collaborative effort between medical and dental providers, hospitals, schools, therapy services, Washington State University and Eastern Washington University, ensuring that children with a maxillofacial diagnosis get the best care possible.

Upon referral, the Spokane Maxillofacial Program provides families with a team nurse coordinator who will:

  • Assess feeding and provide appropriate devices if needed
  • Monitor growth and development
  • Prepare the child and family for surgeries
  • Provide care coordination
  • Collaborate with the family’s primary care physicians and assess resources and insurance coverage to design the child’s care plan
  • Assist families with understanding and implementing the treatment plan

The coordinator also provides consultation to physicians, hospital staff and community providers to increase the awareness of the Parameters of Care for Cleft Lip/Palate or Other Craniofacial Anomalies and the Washington State Critical Elements of Care for Cleft Lip and Palate.

Learn More

For more information, or to refer a child to the Maxillofacial Program in Spokane:

Call: 509-474-3106

Email the program coordinator

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Sacred Heart Children's Hospital

Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center