Rachelle KhalafDirector, Public Relations and Communications
Houston (June 14, 2010) – A record number of Kelsey-Seybold Clinic cancer patients and their family and friends took part in a special event celebrating survivorship hosted by the Kelsey Research Foundation and Kelsey-Seybold. The National Cancer Survivors Day event, themed A Celebration of Life and Creativity, gave patients an opportunity to share their own unique stories of their personal experiences with an audience of more than 300 attendees.
The highlight of the celebration was the display of inspirational watercolor paintings and collages created during a therapeutic art exercise last spring by several Kelsey-Seybold patients, who are survivors of differing types of cancers, including breast, colorectal, prostate, melanoma and lymphoma cancers.
This year marks the third anniversary of Kelsey-Seybold’s Breast Cancer Support Group. This support group, sponsored by the Kelsey Research Foundation, the Kelsey-Seybold Cancer Center and the American Cancer Society, meets monthly at Kelsey-Seybold’s Main Campus near the Texas Medical Center. It is designed to help women learn to live, understand and cope with a diagnosis of breast cancer.
Kelsey-Seybold Clinic is Houston's premier multispecialty group practice, founded in 1949 by Dr. Mavis Kelsey in Houston's renowned Texas Medical Center. More than 650 physicians and allied health professionals practice at 35 locations in the Greater Houston area. Kelsey-Seybold offers quality medical care in 65 medical specialties. The organization operates the largest freestanding Ambulatory Surgery Center in the state of Texas and offers state-of-the-art Varian TrueBeam and Varian Edge radiation therapy technology at a nationally accredited Cancer Center. An accredited Sleep Center, comprehensive laboratory services, advanced imaging and diagnostics, 23 onsite Kelsey pharmacies and one specialty pharmacy, and MyKelseyOnline, a secure web portal, are part of its comprehensive offerings. Kelsey-Seybold partners with major insurers to offer value-based commercial health plans. KelseyCare Advantage, a Medicare Advantage plan offered to Houston-area beneficiaries and affiliated with Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, has achieved the coveted 5-out-of-5-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid for seven consecutive years.
Kelsey-Seybold has been recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as the nation’s first accredited Accountable Care Organization and a Patient-Centered Medical Home. Kelsey-Seybold has many physicians in the Greater Houston area certified for excellence in diabetes and heart and stroke care by the NCQA. In addition to these recognitions, Kelsey-Seybold is home to a nationally accredited Breast Diagnostic Center and Endoscopy Center.
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