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Kelsey-Seybold Clinic Expands Centers of Excellence to Spring

New infusion center offers enhanced cancer care, services and specialists

Houston (March 29, 2007) - Kelsey-Seybold Clinic announced plans today to expand its nationally-recognized cancer treatment program to the Spring Medical and Diagnostic Center. The plans call for construction of a 12,000-square-foot Infusion Center at the Spring location, providing cancer patients on Houston’s north side with the advanced services currently offered by the Cancer Center at Kelsey-Seybold’s Main Campus Clinic near the Texas Medical Center. These services include minimally-invasive breast biopsy technology, as well as genetic testing and infusion therapy services.

"This addition of the Infusion Center at our Spring location extends a Kelsey-Seybold Clinic Center of Excellence beyond the Texas Medical Center," said Spencer Berthelsen, M.D., chairman of the Board of Directors for Kelsey-Seybold Clinic.

"The expansion offers added convenience to our patients, while providing the expertise of Texas Medical Center specialists and comprehensive care from a nationally recognized cancer program," added Dr. Berthelsen.

The American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer (CoC) recently awarded Kelsey-Seybold Clinic and its Cancer Center a three-year approval with commendation for achievements in cancer treatment, research and supportive care service efforts. Kelsey-Seybold Clinic has the only freestanding CoC-approved cancer program in the nation.

Kelsey-Seybold Clinic's team approach offers support, expertise, treatment and coordination of care based on patients' needs. When a patient is diagnosed with cancer, Kelsey-Seybold brings together specialists with diverse medical training to facilitate both diagnosis and treatment. Medical services and consultations among surgeons, oncologists, radiologists, pathologists and other cancer specialists are coordinated for the patient’s convenience.

"When you're coping with cancer, you already have so much on your mind. Our goal is to ease our patients' concerns and offer enhanced cancer care in a comfortable environment close to home," said Tejash Patel, M.D., Hematology and Oncology Specialist at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic. "We're committed to providing quality care for cancer patients and our community." Along with chemotherapy treatment and services, the Infusion Center will offer social work support, where patients can get information about transportation, support groups and medication costs, and educational resources.

Additionally, the Center will offer other patient services including rheumatology and neurology treatments for conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis. Pharmacists, nurse educators and physicians will educate patients about medications and treatments, drug interactions and the treatment process.

The Infusion Center will offer the services of hematology and oncology specialists and appropriate support staff, social work support and patient education. Dr. Guiying "Grace" Hu, Dr. Selvarani Nallusamy, Dr. Tejash Patel and Dr. Priya Ramshesh, are available to provide consultations and follow-up visits to patients in and around the Spring area.

The new facility is slated to open in April 2007 within the existing campus located at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic – Spring Medical and Diagnostic Center, off FM 1960 near Kuykendahl. Patients previously treated at the Kelsey-Seybold Clinic – Main Campus can now receive the same services, closer to home.

To schedule a consultation with an oncologist or hematologist, please contact 713-442-1081. For more information about Kelsey-Seybold Clinic and the Spring Medical and Diagnostic Center, please visit

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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