MEDIA CONTACT(S): Kiska Workman Director, Marketing and Communications MEDIA: 713-442-5332 General Inquiries: 713-442-0000 Kiska.Workman@Kelsey-Seybold.com 4/21/2010 PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release Generic HTML Content First Freestanding Cancer Program to Earn Commended Accreditation from Commission on Cancer Page Content Program recognizes highest quality of cancer care by health care providers The Kelsey-Seybold Cancer Center is the nation's first freestanding cancer program to earn the prestigious Accreditation with Commendation, granted by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. It is the only freestanding cancer program in the nation to earn multiple commendations from the Commission. "This commended accreditation recognizes Kelsey-Seybold's commitment to provide world-class cancer treatment," said Tejash Patel, M.D., Hematology and Oncology Specialist at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic. "This recognition reflects the excellence of our program and our ability to coordinate care across many medical specialties, providing excellent care and outcomes for patients." Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the Commission on Cancer is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival rates and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education and the monitoring of comprehensive, quality care. Its membership includes Fellows of the American College of Surgeons and representatives of 42 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of cancer care. The Commission on Cancer's Accreditation Program sets quality-of-care standards for cancer programs and reviews the programs to ensure they conform to those standards. Accreditation by the Commission is given only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of quality cancer care and undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. To maintain accreditation, programs are reviewed every three years. Receiving care at a Commission-accredited program ensures a patient will have access to critical elements of quality of care:Comprehensive care, including a range of state-of-art services and equipmentMultispecialty, team approach to coordinate the best treatment optionsInformation about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment optionsAccess to cancer-related information, education and supportCancer registry that collects data on type and stage of cancers and treatment results and offers lifelong patient follow-upOngoing monitoring and improvement of careQuality care provided close to home To learn more about the Kelsey-Seybold Cancer Center, please visit kelsey-seybold.com. For more information about the Commission on Cancer, please visit facs.org. 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 23 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.