MEDIA CONTACT(S): Kiska Workman Director, Marketing and Communications MEDIA: 713-442-5332 General Inquiries: 713-442-0000 Kiska.Workman@Kelsey-Seybold.com 1/15/2009 PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release Generic HTML Content Kelsey-Seybold Clinic Hosts Heart Health Day Event Page Content Lunchtime event features free blood pressure, blood sugar and BMI screenings Thump-thump. Thump-thump. That's the sound of a healthy heart, but most of us don't hear that often enough. In fact, millions of Americans go about their daily lives unaware of their heart's health. The sad fact is that nearly 81 million Americans have one or more types of cardiovascular disease, whether high blood pressure, high cholesterol or an arrhythmia. That's why Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, in partnership with the Shops at Houston Center and FSHouston, will offer free heart health checks during the annual Heart Health Day event, Feb. 12 downtown. Kelsey-Seybold medical staff and physicians will be on hand to offer tips to reduce the risk of heart disease and answer visitors' health questions. The event is free, open to the public, and features free blood pressure, blood sugar and body mass index screenings and will be held in the food court of the Shops at Houston Center from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Guests will have a chance to ask the doctor about their health numbers and will receive a free pedometer or heart-shaped stress ball. "Our physicians and medical staff want a chance to meet and educate women downtown," said Alfreda Bell, M.D., a Kelsey-Seybold Family Medicine physician. "On Feb. 12, visitors will learn more about reducing their own risk of heart disease and understand the value of important health numbers like cholesterol and blood pressure." For more information or to RSVP for the event, please call 713-442-5186. Can't make this event but want to check your heart health? Visit the Know Your Number wellness station on the Tunnel level under First City Tower or the City of Houston to check your blood pressure, body mass index, weight and pulse-oxygen level for FREE! 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.