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2/22/2006
PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release

Hope Through Grace Luncheon Inspires Awareness About Colorectal Cancer

On February 22, Hope Through Grace, Inc. (HTG) in partnership with Amerigroup Corp. hosted a luncheon for citizens of the Houston Metroplex Community. The luncheon offered an opportunity to accomplish two key goals: to heighten attention to Colorectal Cancer Awareness; and to give those who attended an in-depth orientation of the Hope Through Grace organization, its programs and services that are available to assist in reducing the incidence and morbidity of colorectal cancer.
 
Dr. Bernard Levin, M. D., Vice President for Cancer Prevention, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center delivered the key note address and discussed the impact and statistics surrounding colorectal cancer and the populations it effects. Dr. Levin is a distinguished physician, researcher, administrator and policy maker.
 
After surviving her own bout with colorectal cancer, and witnessing her husband’s experience with the disease, Grace L. Butler, Ph.D., President, CEO and founder of Hope Through Grace and host of the luncheon event, dedicated herself to carrying the awareness message about colorectal cancer to everyone she meets.
 
“I believe people will share this information with their families, friends and associates and encourage them to adopt more healthy behaviors,” Dr. Butler said. “By so doing, everyone will make a difference in stamping out colorectal cancer.”
 
Hope Through Grace is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization for cancer prevention, early detection, and cancer survivorship.
If you are interested in volunteering your time or helping to support the Hope Through Grace organization, please visit www.hopethroughgrace.org, or call (713) 436-1129 for more information.
 
After surviving her own bout with colorectal cancer, and witnessing her husband’s experience with the disease, Grace L. Butler, Ph.D., President, CEO and founder of Hope Through Grace and host of the luncheon event, (seated) dedicated herself to carrying the awareness message about colorectal cancer to everyone she meets. Dr. Butler and her daughter, Olethia Chisolm, M.D., an Internal Medicine specialist at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic and a founding board member of Hope Through Grace, celebrate a successful event and outreach to the Houston community.

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.