MEDIA CONTACT(S): Rachelle Khalaf Manager, Media Relations MEDIA: 713-442-4919 General Inquiries: 713-442-0000 Rachelle.Khalaf@Kelsey-Seybold.com 5/10/2001 PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release Generic HTML Content A Joint Walk: 5-Mile Walk benefiting the Arthritis Foundation Page ContentTeams and individuals from the Houston area will join the fight against arthritis when they participate in the 5th Annual A Joint Walk, a five-mile fundraiser for arthritis research and community programs. As an added feature of the Walk this year, participants may take part in an arthritis screening to assess their risk for arthritis. “May is Arthritis Month and the Arthritis Foundation will offer a new health assessment tool to help people determine if they are at risk for arthritis,” says Dr. Michael Condit, a rheumatology specialist with Kelsey-Seybold Clinic and a member of the Board of the Arthritis Foundation “The Walk will be a great opportunity for our participants to learn more about how arthritis might affect them.” A Joint Walk, with Kelsey-Seybold Clinic as site sponsor, is set for 8:30 a.m., Sunday, May 20. The Walk begins at Kelsey-Seybold’s main campus, located at 2727 W. Holcombe Blvd. and continues along Braes Bayou. The event offers a one-mile route that is accessible to people with physical challenges associated arthritis and joint replacements so everyone can enjoy the festivities. “This year we expect to also have a large community turnout for A Joint Walk,” says Dr. Condit. “Many people have personal reasons for wanting to support this fundraiser, since one in six Houstonians has arthritis.” A Joint Walk participants enjoy a festive atmosphere, exhibits, entertainment and refreshments, as well as the opportunity to earn prizes for their fund-raising efforts. Walkers must raise $25 in donations to enter and those who raise a minimum of $75 receive an official event T-shirt. For information on A Joint Walk, call 713/529-0800. 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 450 physicians and allied health professionals practice at 24 locations in the Greater Houston area. Kelsey-Seybold offers quality medical care in 55 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, 16 onsite Kelsey pharmacies, 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 three consecutive years and is the only 5-out-of-5-star rated plan in Texas. Kelsey-Seybold has been recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as the nation’s first accredited Accountable Care Organization and a Level 3 (highest) 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.