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Kelsey-Seybold Clinic Earns Statewide Honors for Disease Prevention Program

Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, Kelsey Research Foundation and University of Houston College of Pharmacy Earn Statewide Honors for Disease Prevention Program

Houston (March 6, 2007) - The Texas Council on Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke has named Kelsey-Seybold Clinic’s cholesterol management program as an Outstanding Program. The award recognizes Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, the Kelsey Research Foundation and the University of Houston College of Pharmacy for developing innovative, effective programs dedicated to the prevention of cardiovascular disease. The Clinic's Secondary Prevention Lipid Clinic was cited for excellence.

The award was presented on Feb. 26 in Galveston during the Texas Public Health Association’s Annual Educational Conference.

Kelsey-Seybold’s unique cholesterol program, known as the Secondary Prevention Lipid Clinic, identifies heart disease patients with high levels of “bad” cholesterol, involves patients and their families in the care and management process, and teaches them ways to change harmful lifestyle habits. The program offers solutions to lower patients’ cholesterol levels and reduce their heart risks.

"Instead of simply treating the high cholesterol with prescription medication, patients work with a coordinated care team that includes a cardiologist, primary care physician, dietitian, pharmacist and nurses to develop an individualized plan based on overall health goals, history and risk factors, motivations and lifestyle,” said Ali Mortazavi, M.D., Chief of the Cardiology Department. “Our goal is to help patients lower their cholesterol and reduce the risk of recurring heart attacks by encouraging them to take an active role in the healing process."

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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