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Kelsey Research Foundation 25th Annual Golf Tournament Lands a Hole-in-One with Title Sponsor

Houston (February 12, 2019) – Kelsey Research Foundation lands a hole-in-one with McKesson as the title sponsor of its 25th Annual Golf Classic. The tournament raises funds to support Kelsey Research Foundation's mission to improve the quality of patient care and health outcomes through research and education. Since its inception, the golf tournament has raised $4 million for the Foundation's research and programs and is the organization's largest annual fundraising event.

"Kelsey Research Foundation is incredibly grateful for McKesson's support and partnership as the first-ever title sponsor of the golf tournament," said Ashley Alexander, vice president and chief operations officer of Kelsey Research Foundation. "This lead gift, in addition to major sponsors LabCorp, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, and Gamma Construction, will help us continue our mission to conduct innovative research and provide patient education programs in the community."

This year's golf tournament welcomes 250 players and will take place Monday, May 6, 2019, at Golf Trails of The Woodlands beginning at 8 a.m. A 19th hole party, including a buffet meal, grand prize raffle drawing sponsored by Chopard, open bar, and awards, will follow at The Woodlands Resort.

Established by Drs. John and Mavis Kelsey in 1956, Kelsey Research Foundation is dedicated to advancing innovative medical research, specifically in the areas of the gut microbiome, and providing health education to the Houston community. As the non-profit research affiliate of Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, Kelsey Research Foundation organizes, facilitates, and implements collaborative research between Kelsey-Seybold Clinic and institutions of the Texas Medical Center. The Clinic continues to be an integral partner of Kelsey Research Foundation and has had an established vendor relationship with the McKesson family of businesses since 2003. McKesson Specialty provides pharmaceuticals to Kelsey-Seybold's infusion pharmacy as well as support services to infusion business operations and patient care.

"McKesson is thrilled to be the title sponsor of the 25th Annual Golf Classic, and we are happy to support the Foundation's groundbreaking research in diseases associated with the microbiome," says Tommy Pourmahram, vice president of McKesson Specialty.

Kelsey Research Foundation welcomes sponsorship and team sign-ups until April 15. Sponsorships begin at $1,400 for a team of four. All sponsorship opportunities can be found on the tournament web page or follow Kelsey Research Foundation on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

About the Kelsey Research Foundation

Kelsey Research Foundation (KRF) was founded in 1956 by the Kelsey brothers – Mavis Kelsey, M.D., and John Kelsey, M.D. KRF is a 501(c) (3) non-profit whose mission is to advance medical research and provide health education opportunities for all Houstonians. To achieve this, KRF spearheads and collaborates with other leading research, education, and healthcare organizations locally and nationally on innovative research and patient education programs. KRF organizes, facilitates, and implements research between Kelsey-Seybold Clinic and institutions of the Texas Medical Center.  Specific areas of research interest to the Foundation include: cancer care and cancer survivorship support, digestive diseases, the gut microbiome, and the use of fecal microbiota transplantation to restore the intestinal microbiota of people with conditions associated with a loss of gut diversity.

About Kelsey-Seybold

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 850 physicians and allied health professionals practice at 40 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, 24 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 eight 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 is home to a nationally accredited Breast Diagnostic Center and Endoscopy Center.

Kelsey-Seybold Clinic achieved a Net Promoter Score (NPS) of 91. NPS is the global standard for measuring customer loyalty and satisfaction. An NPS score of 70 or higher is considered by industry experts to be "world class" and an indicator of overwhelming customer loyalty.

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