Rachelle KhalafDirector, Public Relations and Communications
Houston (December 5, 2001) - Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, Houston’s largest community-based physician group, is scheduled to open its “Medical Office of the Future” in Fort Bend County on December 5, 2005. This state-of-the-art, 75,000 square-foot medical facility combines quality and convenience for the Fort Bend family by offering access to a wide range of primary care and specialty care doctors, as well as an expanded pharmacy with drive-thru services, and enhanced diagnostic services such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Computerized Tomography (CT), mammography and X-ray.
“We know that many of our patients are pressed for time,” says Spencer Berthelsen, MD, Chairman of the Kelsey-Seybold Clinic Board of Directors. “Offering the broadest selection of services is key to saving time. Patients can see their doctor, have lab work done, get diagnostic procedures performed, and get prescriptions filled in one convenient location.” Dr. Berthelsen, who started Kelsey-Seybold’s first clinic in Fort Bend more than 25 years ago, still practices medicine in his home neighborhood.
The Kelsey-Seybold Clinic – Fort Bend Medical and Diagnostic Center will be among the first of Kelsey-Seybold’s medical facilities to implement electronic medical records (EMR) technology. Patients will be able to schedule appointments and get lab results online, and check themselves in for appointments at a computer kiosk. Prescriptions can be automatically sent to the on-site Kelsey-Seybold pharmacy.
Kelsey-Seybold Clinic is the sole tenant of the building, which was designed to reflect the open and comfortable atmosphere of its landmark Main Campus near the Texas Medical Center. Hallways run alongside front windows, with waiting areas open to the hallways. Natural light creates a feeling of spaciousness and relaxation.
The center will employ 180 people, including 37 physicians, helping to create new jobs in the community as it grows. As technology allows more procedures to be performed in an outpatient setting, the community may well need ambulatory surgical and additional diagnostic services nearby. To be prepared, Kelsey-Seybold has purchased three acres next door to the facility, allowing for additional expansion, including a possible minor emergency center and ambulatory surgery center.
The new facility is located at the corner of University Boulevard and Highway 6, less than two miles from U.S. 59 in Sugar Land. On December 5 at 7:00 a.m., local dignitaries including the Honorable David G. Wallace, mayor of the city of Sugar Land will join Dr. Spencer Berthelsen, Chairman of the Kelsey-Seybold Clinic Board of Directors, in a ceremony marking the official grand opening of the newest clinic in the Kelsey-Seybold Clinic network.
The center was developed by Transwestern Commercial Services and will serve as the new home for physicians and staff currently located at Kelsey-Seybold’s Quail Valley, Sugar Land and First Colony Clinics.
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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