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Rachelle Khalaf
Sr. Media Relations Specialist
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For Immediate Release


HOUSTON (Dec. 16, 2016) – On Friday, Dec. 16, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic volunteers – and the most beloved KelseyBear dressed as Santa Claus – visited with children in kindergarten through 3rd grade at Neighborhood Centers Baker-Ripley Charter School, surprising them with Christmas gifts and a special arts and crafts session with KelseyBear at their annual holiday party. 

Each year, Kelsey-Seybold employees come together in support of a local children’s charity to donate toys and books for the holidays – this year, more than 1,000 toys were collected – the greatest number of toys and books ever collected by clinic staff. 

“This has been a rewarding and emotional morning for all of us,” said Raquel Sosa-Gonzalez, principal at Baker-Ripley Charter School. “We were blown away by your donation – each of our students received several gifts as a result of the generous donation from Kelsey-Seybold Clinic staff. For some of these children, this is the first experience they have ever had receiving a Christmas gift – and for others – this may be the only gift they receive this year.” 

More than 200 students received a goody bag filled with age-appropriate toys. Left over donated items will be used at a Neighborhood Centers community event held on January 6 in celebration of Kings Day. 

“Kelsey-Seybold Clinic employees have created a community of caring and we recognize the importance of community engagement and have done our best to deliver when there was a need,” said David Miller, vice-president of Human Resources at Kelsey-Seybold. “This generous donation would not have been possible without our incredibly thoughtful employees – and we thank Neighborhood Centers Baker-Ripley Charter School for giving us the opportunity to partner with them on our annual toy drive campaign.” 

About Kelsey-Seybold Clinic

Kelsey-Seybold Clinic is Houston's premier multispecialty group practice, founded in 1949 by Dr. Mavis Kelsey in Houston's famous Texas Medical Center. More than 420 Kelsey-Seybold providers practice at 19 locations and an accredited Sleep Center in the Greater Houston area. Medical services offered by Kelsey-Seybold include medical care in 55 medical specialties including primary care and specialty care, outpatient surgery centers, an accredited Sleep Center, laboratory services, advanced radiology services and other diagnostic services, 15 onsite Kelsey pharmacies and a secure web portal for patients to communicate with their Kelsey-Seybold doctors, get test results and schedule appointments.

Kelsey-Seybold has been recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as the nation’s first accredited Accountable Care Organization and a Level 3 (highest) Patient-Centered Medical Home. Kelsey-Seybold holds the honor for the most physicians in Texas certified for excellence in diabetes, heart and stroke care by the NCQA. In addition to these recognitions, Kelsey-Seybold is home to a nationally accredited Breast Diagnostic CenterEndoscopy CenterInfusion Center and  Cancer Center. Follow Kelsey-Seybold on Twitter, visit Facebook,, and YouTube, visit