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AUSTIN, Texas - (August 9, 2006) - Children's Hospital of Austin, a member of the Seton Family of Hospitals, is proud to have the only pediatric Craniofacial Center in Central Texas.

"By providing this kind of comprehensive care in one place, we save the patient and their families travel time and allow patients to receive treatment closer to home," said Dr. Patrick Kelley, Medical Director, Craniofacial Center. "Although most patients are from Central Texas, there are some who come from across the state with the most common craniofacial conditions such as cleft lip and palate to Craniosynostosis, the most commonly seen of the complex craniofacial conditions."

The Craniofacial Center offers state-of-the-art care in the following areas: craniofacial surgery (plastic surgery of the head and face), neurosurgery, otorhinolaryngology (ear, nose and throat), genetics, pediatrics, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, oral surgery, ophthalmology, speech pathology, audiology, nutrition, advanced practice nursing, social work, and occupational and physical therapy.

"The demand for a comprehensive Craniofacial Center is much greater than we had anticipated," said Dr. Kelley. "When we started in the fall of 2005, we had clinic for half a day a week. Less than a year later, we see upward of 30 patients per week. Even with clinic a day and a half per week, we are scheduling patients almost two months out."

Other conditions treated at the Craniofacial Center include:

• Cleft lip and palate
• Isolated Craniosynostosis
• Crouzon Syndrome
• Apert Syndrome
• Saethre-Chotzen Syndrome
• Treacher Collins Syndrome
• Plagiocephaly
• Pierre Robin Sequence
• Stickler Syndrome
• Craniofacial Microsomia
• Van der Woude Syndrome
• Over- and underbite condition requiring jaw surgery
• 22q11.2 deletion Syndrome (VCFS/DiGeorge Syndrome)
• Velopharyngeal insufficiency (speech impairment)
• Microtia (ear deformities)
• Vascular malformations and congenital birth marks

Commitment to patients does not end once they are treated. Dr. Kelley and his team follow them over the years, collecting imaging data to study their long-term growth. By analyzing the data, the research team can improve existing treatments and develop new ones, keeping the Center on the forefront of craniofacial care.

For information on the Craniofacial Center, visit:

Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas is a member of the Seton Family of Hospitals, the leading provider of healthcare services in Central Texas with 20 locations throughout the region. The Seton Family includes the only hospitals in Central Texas to be granted Magnet Status, the highest award for nursing excellence given by the American Nurses Association; only Heart Transplant Center in Central Texas; the busiest Level II Trauma Center in the state; and the first two Designated Stroke Centers in Texas to receive a Gold Seal of Approval by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. In 2005, Seton, a member of Ascension Health, the largest not-for-profit health network in the nation, provided more than $247 million in charity and community benefits to Central Texans.

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image Seton is proud to have four hospitals – the only hospitals in Central Texas - that have earned the Magnet designation, the highest award for nursing excellence given by the American Nurses Association.