Rachelle KhalafDirector, Public Relations and Communications
“Improving the Quality of Patient Care”
Houston (September 29, 2003) - Kelsey Research Foundation, the non-profit research affiliate of Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, will host its Fifth Annual Houston Area Health Services & Outcomes Research Conference at the Houston Marriott Medical Center, located at 6580 Fannin, on Tuesday, Nov. 9 from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. The conference will feature presentations and workshops on improving the quality of patient care, with an emphasis on effectiveness, efficiency, equity, timeliness, patient-centered care and patient safety.
Carol M. Ashton, M.D., M.P.H., Director of the Houston Center for Quality of Care and Utilization Studies, one of the nation’s Health Services Research and Development Centers of Excellence, funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs, will deliver a keynote address. The theme of her address is “Quality of Care: Effectiveness, Efficiency, and Equity from a health services research perspective.” Dr. Ashton’s longstanding research interest is in the assessment and improvement of quality of care, from the level of the individual patient and doctor all the way up to the level of the health care system.
Also scheduled to speak is Nancy W. Dickey, M.D., President, Health Science Center and Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs for The Texas A&M University System. Dr. Dickey will present “Quality of Care: Medical Practice and Policy Issues.”
State and national experts from health organizations and institutions such as Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Pritzker School of Medicine, Scott & White Clinic, Texas A&M University, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School will be on hand to provide additional information on improving the quality of patient care.
Presentation and workshop topics include:
This is the fifth annual Houston area conference hosted by Kelsey Research Foundation, which is devoted to improving the quality of patient care and health outcomes through research and education. “This annual conference provides a forum for researchers, physicians, nurses and healthcare administrators to discuss specific interventions to improve the quality of patient care,” said Anthony Greisinger, PhD, Vice President for Research and Development at the Foundation.
Continuing medical education credits are available for health professionals. For conference registration or submission of abstracts, contact Patricia Sheldon at the Kelsey Research Foundation, 713-442-1219 or email@example.com.
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 36 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 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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