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Kelsey Research Foundation 25th Annual Golf Tournament Lands a Hole-in-One with Title Sponsor

HOUSTON (Feb. 12, 2019) – Kelsey Research Foundation lands a hole-in-one with McKesson as the title sponsor of its 25th Annual Golf Classic. The tournament raises funds to support Kelsey Research Foundation's mission to improve the quality of patient care and health outcomes through research and education. Since its inception, the golf tournament has raised $4 million for the Foundation's research and programs and is the organization's largest annual fundraising event.

"Kelsey Research Foundation is incredibly grateful for McKesson's support and partnership as the first-ever title sponsor of the golf tournament," said Ashley Alexander, vice president and chief operations officer of Kelsey Research Foundation. "This lead gift, in addition to major sponsors LabCorp, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, and Gamma Construction, will help us continue our mission to conduct innovative research and provide patient education programs in the community."

This year's golf tournament welcomes 250 players and will take place Monday, May 6, 2019, at Golf Trails of The Woodlands beginning at 8 a.m. A 19th hole party, including a buffet meal, grand prize raffle drawing sponsored by Chopard, open bar, and awards, will follow at The Woodlands Resort.

Established by Drs. John and Mavis Kelsey in 1956, Kelsey Research Foundation is dedicated to advancing innovative medical research, specifically in the areas of the gut microbiome, and providing health education to the Houston community. As the non-profit research affiliate of Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, Kelsey Research Foundation organizes, facilitates, and implements collaborative research between Kelsey-Seybold Clinic and institutions of the Texas Medical Center. The Clinic continues to be an integral partner of Kelsey Research Foundation and has had an established vendor relationship with the McKesson family of businesses since 2003. McKesson Specialty provides pharmaceuticals to Kelsey-Seybold's infusion pharmacy as well as support services to infusion business operations and patient care.

"McKesson is thrilled to be the title sponsor of the 25th Annual Golf Classic, and we are happy to support the Foundation's groundbreaking research in diseases associated with the microbiome," says Tommy Pourmahram, vice president of McKesson Specialty.

Kelsey Research Foundation welcomes sponsorship and team sign-ups until April 15. Sponsorships begin at $1,400 for a team of four. All sponsorship opportunities can be found on the tournament web page or follow Kelsey Research Foundation on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

About the Kelsey Research Foundation

Kelsey Research Foundation (KRF) was founded in 1956 by the Kelsey brothers – Mavis Kelsey, M.D., and John Kelsey, M.D. KRF is a 501(c) (3) non-profit whose mission is to advance medical research and provide health education opportunities for all Houstonians. To achieve this, KRF spearheads and collaborates with other leading research, education, and healthcare organizations locally and nationally on innovative research and patient education programs. KRF organizes, facilitates, and implements research between Kelsey-Seybold Clinic and institutions of the Texas Medical Center.  Specific areas of research interest to the Foundation include: cancer care and cancer survivorship support, digestive diseases, the gut microbiome, and the use of fecal microbiota transplantation to restore the intestinal microbiota of people with conditions associated with a loss of gut diversity.

About Kelsey-Seybold Clinic

Kelsey-Seybold Clinic is Houston's premier multispecialty group practice, founded in 1949 by Dr. Mavis Kelsey in Houston's famous Texas Medical Center. More than 400 physicians and allied health professionals practice at 20 locations and an accredited Sleep Center in the Greater Houston area. Medical services offered by Kelsey-Seybold include medical care in 55 medical specialties, including primary care and specialty care, outpatient surgery centers, an accredited Sleep Center, a Radiation Therapy Center, laboratory services, advanced radiology services and other diagnostic services, 15 onsite Kelsey pharmacies, and a secure web portal for patients to communicate with their Kelsey-Seybold doctors, get test results, and schedule appointments. Patients enrolled in a KelseyCare health benefits plan have access to Virtual Health managed by Kelsey-Seybold providers, including E-Visits and Video Visits.

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 2018, KelseyCare Advantage, a Medicare Advantage plan affiliated with Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, was awarded a 5-out-of-5 star rating by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for the third year in a row. In addition to these recognitions, Kelsey-Seybold is home to a nationally accredited Breast Diagnostic Center, Endoscopy Center, Infusion Center and Cancer Center.