Rachelle KhalafDirector, Public Relations and Communications
Houston (December 16, 2016) – On Friday, Dec. 16, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic volunteers – and the most beloved KelseyBear dressed as Santa Claus – visited with children in kindergarten through 3rd grade at Neighborhood Centers Baker-Ripley Charter School, surprising them with Christmas gifts and a special arts and crafts session with KelseyBear at their annual holiday party.
Each year, Kelsey-Seybold employees come together in support of a local children's charity to donate toys and books for the holidays – this year, more than 1,000 toys were collected – the greatest number of toys and books ever collected by clinic staff.
"This has been a rewarding and emotional morning for all of us," said Raquel Sosa-Gonzalez, principal at Baker-Ripley Charter School. "We were blown away by your donation – each of our students received several gifts as a result of the generous donation from Kelsey-Seybold Clinic staff. For some of these children, this is the first experience they have ever had receiving a Christmas gift – and for others – this may be the only gift they receive this year."
More than 200 students received a goody bag filled with age-appropriate toys. Left over donated items will be used at a Neighborhood Centers community event held on January 6 in celebration of Kings Day.
"Kelsey-Seybold Clinic employees have created a community of caring and we recognize the importance of community engagement and have done our best to deliver when there was a need," said David Miller, vice-president of Human Resources at Kelsey-Seybold. "This generous donation would not have been possible without our incredibly thoughtful employees – and we thank Neighborhood Centers Baker-Ripley Charter School for giving us the opportunity to partner with them on our annual toy drive campaign."
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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