Rachelle KhalafDirector, Public Relations and Communications
Houston (January 12, 2010) – Kelsey-Seybold Clinic has designated Board Chairman Spencer R. Berthelsen, M.D., as Fellow in recognition of his commitment to quality patient care, his medical leadership and significant, enduring contributions to the advancement of clinical excellence for Kelsey-Seybold Clinic.
The award was presented at the Clinic's 60th Anniversary celebration, which was attended by Kelsey-Seybold Clinic founder Mavis P. Kelsey, M.D.
"During Dr. Berthelsen's years of service to Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, he has demonstrated absolute dedication to Kelsey-Seybold's development as a preeminent medical organization, recognized for delivering high quality, cost-effective medical care, and has shaped Kelsey-Seybold into one of the nation's leading accountable care organizations," said Dr. Susan Brown, vice chairman of the Kelsey-Seybold Board of Managers.
Dr. Berthelsen has served in many leadership capacities while at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, including chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine, medical director for Primary Care, and medical director for Managed Care. Dr. Berthelsen is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Physician Executives. He also holds academic positions at Baylor College of Medicine and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston as a clinical professor of Medicine.
He has been recognized for excellence by leading medical organizations, including the Texas Society of Internal Medicine, Texas Medical Association and the Harris County Medical Society. In 2008, he was the recipient of the Texas Academy of Internal Medicine's prestigious Laureate Award.
Dr. Berthelsen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Rice University and a medical degree from Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. Shortly after completing his residency in Internal Medicine at The University of California at San Diego, he began practicing at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic.
Previous Kelsey-Seybold Clinic Fellow honorees include Dr. James Kemper, Dr. Stanton Fischer, Dr. James Smith, Dr. Don Owens, Dr. Earl Beard, Dr. Carlos Taboada, Dr. James Boland, Dr. David Mouton, Breaux Castleman, Vicki Buxton, Dr. James Hoyle, Enoch Freeman and Dr. Michael Newmark.
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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