Rachelle KhalafDirector, Public Relations and Communications
Dr. Lin to become the new chairman, focusing on new innovations
Houston (May 5, 2016) – On Wednesday, May 4, 2016, the Kelsey-Seybold Clinic Board of Managers unanimously elected Tony Lin, M.D., F.H.M., an internal medicine physician specializing in hospitalist medicine, as the new Chairman of the Board. Dr. Lin was appointed the Chairman Designate in 2011 and has spent the last five years working closely with Spencer Berthelsen, M.D., F.A.C.P., the outgoing Chairman, to carefully plan the transition with the goal of continuity in the organization's day-to-day operations, focusing on the practice's overall mission, vision and goals.
"Dr. Lin and I have worked closely together for many years with our incredible team of doctors and administrators to grow this organization into the nationally-recognized leader in healthcare delivery that it is today," said Dr. Berthelsen. "I have no doubt that the future will see Kelsey-Seybold's continued growth and that this organization will lead innovations to improve the quality of care and manage total medical costs under Dr. Lin's leadership."
Dr. Berthelsen has served as the Chairman of the Board of Managers for 15 years, comprised of three five-year terms, the maximum number of terms an individual can serve in this role. He will continue to serve as the Managing Director of Kelsey-Seybold Clinic until his retirement, scheduled for March 2017.
"It has been an honor working with Dr. Berthelsen, one of the greatest minds I've encountered on healthcare delivery and the man who helped shape what it means to be an Accountable Care Organization," said Dr. Lin. "His big picture perspective and the way in which he conducts business, calmly and always respectfully, were key to the successes he championed for the organization. I plan to espouse the same values and character, fostering a spirit of innovation amongst our leadership team and employees during my tenure as chairman."
Tony Lin, M.D., F.H.M., joined Kelsey-Seybold Clinic in 1993 and has held many leadership positions within the organization, including Chief of Internal Medicine for 15 years, Associate Medical Director for Hospital Services for 15 years, Kelsey-Seybold Board Member for 9 years and many other committee roles. Dr. Lin also played an integral role in the multispecialty group's development as an accredited Accountable Care Organization (ACO), having built the hospitalist and palliative care programs from the ground up. In 2012, Kelsey-Seybold was named the first Accredited Accountable Care Organization in the United States by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).
Dr. Lin is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine and completed his residency training in Internal Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine-affiliated hospitals. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and a Diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Lin was named a Fellow of the Society of Hospital Medicine (F.H.M.) and is a member of the prestigious Texas Club of Internists. He is also a member of the American College of Physicians, the Texas Medical Association and the Harris County Medical Society.
Dr. Lin grew up in Houston where he attended HISD schools and developed a strong sense of community that drives his ongoing participation in various church ministries, community events and mission trips with the Fort Bend Community Church. Dr. Lin also is an avid sports fan. He and his wife of 26 years enjoy cheering for their two daughters who are very active in Junior Club Volleyball.
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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