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Kelsey-Seybold Earns Breast Imaging Center of Excellence Designation by American College of Radiology

ACR recognizes Radiology team's high-quality diagnostic care

Houston (August 17, 2010) – The Kelsey-Seybold Clinic Radiology department has earned the designation as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

The Center of Excellence designation is awarded to imaging centers that maintain the mandatory accreditation for mammography as required by the FDA and achieve accreditation in the ACR's voluntary programs for stereotactic breast ultrasound and ultrasound-guided breast biopsy.

"Our participation in the voluntary quality assurance program signifies our commitment to high-quality care," said Dr. Arlette Brown, Managing Physician of Breast Imaging at Kelsey-Seybold. "Patients can be confident that our breast diagnostic programs meet the standards necessary for excellence in patient care."

Kelsey-Seybold's nationally recognized Breast Diagnostic Center offers a full range of breast care technologies and coordinated fast-track diagnostic services. A medical support team, including nurses, specialists and counselors, is dedicated to helping each patient upon the result of an abnormal mammogram.

"We are very pleased with this achievement and what it means for our patient's quality of care," said Dr. Sylvia Trumble, Chief of the Radiology department at Kelsey-Seybold. "Our team is committed to providing each woman under the care of our Breast Diagnostic Center the attention and support they need to help avoid those sleepless nights associated with abnormal results."

The American College of Radiology awards accreditation to facilities for the achievement of high practice standards after a peer-review evaluation of its practice. Evaluations are conducted by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. They assess image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures and a quality assurance program. The reviewers report their findings to the ACR's Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report.

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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