Rachelle KhalafDirector, Public Relations and Communications
Houston (December 22, 2006) - Kelsey-Seybold Clinic Director of Business Development Angela Waltman, has accepted an appointment to the Board of Directors of the newly formed Houston Wellness Association.
The Houston Wellness Association is a collaboration of Houston-area industry leaders, local and national businesses dedicated to advancing Mayor Bill White’s 2005 wellness program to promote fitness and wellness in the wake of Houston’s designation three years in a row as America’s fattest city by Men’s Fitness magazine. The Association is comprised of major national corporations and local businesses that, as founding partners, have pledged to spearhead initiatives addressing the healthcare needs of all segments of the population. These initiatives include childhood obesity, workplace wellness and seniors’ health.
“Promoting good health throughout our community is not a spectator sport and I’m proud that Kelsey-Seybold Clinic has teamed up with the Houston Wellness Association to implement meaningful wellness initiatives across the region,” said Waltman.
Waltman, a resident of Conroe, joined Kelsey-Seybold Clinic in August 2002, bringing more than 16 years of healthcare marketing experience to her role as director of Business Development. In addition to her marketing responsibilities for the Clinic, Waltman works directly with area employers to develop custom solutions to their worksite wellness, executive health and foreign travel programs. She has a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Houston – Downtown and a Certificate in Medical and Healthcare Management from Rice University.
“Effecting change and improving the health of the community often requires industry leadership at a local and national level,” said Jonathan Lack, Houston Wellness Association chairman. “Angela is a valued connection to furthering our organization’s objectives through Kelsey-Seybold Clinic and the healthcare industry in Houston.”
Founding partners of the Houston Wellness Association include: Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, CIGNA HealthCare, Halliburton, Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, Minute Maid, Texas Children's Hospital, Astros’, Wal-Mart and Westside Tennis & Fitness.
Other members of the Houston Wellness Association Board are: Christine Mei, Gilbert Chavez, Jay Lucas, Travis Brashear, Frank Brown, Kay Tittle, Ron Acosta, Herb Lipsman, Jonathan Lack, Bill Baun, Henderson Smith, John Iszard and Linda McIngvale.
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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