MEDIA CONTACT(S): Rachelle Khalaf Manager, Media Relations MEDIA: 713-442-4919 General Inquiries: 713-442-0000 Rachelle.Khalaf@Kelsey-Seybold.com 3/11/2011 PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release Generic HTML Content Kelsey-Seybold Clinic Opens First Sleep Center in Houston Page Content New facility to help expedite sleep disorder diagnosis for Kelsey-Seybold patients HOUSTON (March 14, 2011) – According to the National Institutes of Health, 50 to 70 million Americans of all ages suffer from sleep-related problems. To meet patient needs for sleep disorder monitoring, testing and diagnosis, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic will open the organization's first Sleep Center in March 2011. The 5,700-square-foot facility will be located at 3900 Essex Lane, Suite 500 between Highland Village and River Oaks. Kelsey-Seybold's Sleep Center will offer patients the latest in sleep monitoring technology in an environment designed for optimal comfort. Sleep Medicine specialists will be able to perform sleep studies onsite and, for those patients who meet certain requirements, patients can be monitored from the comfort of their own home. Additionally, Kelsey-Seybold Sleep Center can accommodate patients in need of a caregiver's assistance with a specially designed room for two. "Sleep disorders are more common than most people realize and have been associated with a wide range of health consequences including hypertension, diabetes, obesity, depression, heart attack, stroke and other at-risk behaviors," said Maher Daas, M.D., a Sleep Medicine specialist and Chief of Pulmonary Medicine - Critical Care at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic. "Like all of our clinics, the Kelsey-Seybold Sleep Center will be connected to our electronic medical record system allowing other treating physicians to have access to sleep center data. This will help facilitate physician collaboration, enhancing our ability to provide coordinated care to patients who may be experiencing a sleep disorder." Kelsey-Seybold Sleep Center will have the capacity to diagnose Obstructive Sleep Apnea, assess daytime sleepiness and diagnose certain neurological disorders. All orders must be placed by a Kelsey-Seybold physician and orders are reviewed and approved by a board-certified Sleep Medicine Physician. Patients who believe they are experiencing a sleep disorder are encouraged to discuss symptoms with their physician. To learn more about Kelsey-Seybold Clinic Sleep Center, visit kelsey-seybold.com. About Our Pulmonologists Kelsey-Seybold's specialists in Pulmonary Medicine treat a wide range of respiratory conditions including asthma, bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) cystic fibrosis, emphysema, sleep disorders and in conjunction with oncologists, lung cancer. Kelsey-Seybold Clinic has seven doctors who specialize in Pulmonary Medicine, caring for patients at convenient locations all across Houston, including Clear Lake, Fort Bend, Humble, Spring, The Vintage, The Woodlands, the West Clinic near The Galleria and St. Luke's Medical Tower in the Texas Medical Center. 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.