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For Immediate Release

Kelsey-Seybold Clinic earns national recognition for efforts aimed at improving cholesterol control

The American Heart Association presents Check. Change. Control. Cholesterol™ award for commitment in driving millions to better cholesterol management

Houston, TX (Dec. 10, 2020) — Kelsey-Seybold Clinic has received the American Heart Association's Check. Change. Control. Cholesterol™ Gold award in recognition of their commitment to reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke through improved cholesterol management. 

High cholesterol is one of the major controllable risk factors for heart disease, heart attack, and stroke but it typically has no early-warning symptoms. Nearly one in three American adults have high LDL or "bad" cholesterol and need personalized treatment, including lifestyle modifications or prescribed medication to manage their levels.

To improve awareness, detection, and management of cholesterol across the nation, the American Heart Association launched its Check. Change. Control. Cholesterol. initiative in 2017, now nationally supported by Amgen. Since then, more than 1,300 health centers and systems have registered to participate.

The Gold award recognizes practices that have fulfilled the participant criteria and that have 70% or more of their adult, at-risk atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) patient population appropriately managed with statin therapy.

"We are very excited to be receiving this recognition from the American Heart Association (AHA) and to be awarded the Check. Change. Control. Cholesterol Gold Award again," said Leon Jerrels, R.N., director for Quality Improvement at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic. "Our providers and physicians work hard every day to educate our patients on the importance of cholesterol control and they coordinate care with patients to help those who need to improve their numbers. Our providers understand the importance of teamwork – and Kelsey-Seybold providers and patients have to work closely together to get these numbers in check."

To help healthcare providers achieve their goals, the AHA provides all participants with a dedicated website featuring a free, evidence-based improvement program that includes tools and resources to help clinicians address, diagnose, and manage their patients' cholesterol. To facilitate easy and seamless adoption of the program, the AHA offers access to trained support specialists within their community who can help identify specific program components to incorporate into clinical practice.

"This program helps practices access the latest science and guidelines quickly so they can advise patients and work collaboratively to develop a treatment plan. High cholesterol continues to be one of the major risk factors for heart disease, yet remains undertreated," said James Langabeer, Ph.D., F.A.H.A., chair of the AHA's Ambulatory Quality Improvement Advisory Group and professor and vice chair of Emergency Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHealth), McGovern Medical School. "We are so glad to see many dedicated professionals join this initiative to prioritize cholesterol management in their practices and ultimately improve heart health across the nation."

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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 480 physicians and allied health professionals practice at 25 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, 17 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 five 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 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.