MEDIA CONTACT(S): Rachelle Khalaf Manager, Media Relations MEDIA: 713-442-4919 General Inquiries: 713-442-0000 Rachelle.Khalaf@Kelsey-Seybold.com 3/6/2007 PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release Generic HTML Content Kelsey-Seybold Clinic Earns Statewide Honors for Disease Prevention Program Page ContentThe Texas Council on Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke has named Kelsey-Seybold Clinic’s cholesterol management program as an Outstanding Program. The award recognizes Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, the Kelsey Research Foundation and the University of Houston College of Pharmacy for developing innovative, effective programs dedicated to the prevention of cardiovascular disease. The Clinic's Secondary Prevention Lipid Clinic was cited for excellence. The award was presented on Feb. 26 in Galveston during the Texas Public Health Association’s Annual Educational Conference. Kelsey-Seybold’s unique cholesterol program, known as the Secondary Prevention Lipid Clinic, identifies heart disease patients with high levels of “bad” cholesterol, involves patients and their families in the care and management process, and teaches them ways to change harmful lifestyle habits. The program offers solutions to lower patients’ cholesterol levels and reduce their heart risks. "Instead of simply treating the high cholesterol with prescription medication, patients work with a coordinated care team that includes a cardiologist, primary care physician, dietitian, pharmacist and nurses to develop an individualized plan based on overall health goals, history and risk factors, motivations and lifestyle,” said Ali Mortazavi, M.D., Chief of the Cardiology Department. “Our goal is to help patients lower their cholesterol and reduce the risk of recurring heart attacks by encouraging them to take an active role in the healing process." Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, Kelsey Research Foundation and University of Houston College of Pharmacy Earn Statewide Honors for Disease Prevention Program 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.