MEDIA CONTACT(S): Rachelle Khalaf Manager, Media Relations MEDIA: 713-442-4919 General Inquiries: 713-442-0000 Rachelle.Khalaf@Kelsey-Seybold.com 7/30/2013 PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release Generic HTML Content Kelsey Seybold Clinic Receives Three Year Accreditation With Commendation From The Commission on Cancer Page ContentHOUSTON (July 30, 2012) – The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) has granted a Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation to the Cancer Centers at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic. Kelsey-Seybold Clinic is the first freestanding CoC-approved cancer program in the nation. The Clinic's comprehensive team approach to cancer care offers support, expertise, treatment and coordination of care based on patients' needs. "A cancer diagnosis is among the most stressful and difficult experiences that a patient can face," said Tejash Patel, M.D., Hematology and Oncology Specialist at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic. "Kelsey-Seybold and the Kelsey Research Foundation work closely to offer integrated programs in cancer education, prevention, treatment and research. This accreditation of our cancer program validates that we have a caring and compassionate team of experts to help coordinate care and help improve the quality of lives of our patients." When a patient is diagnosed with cancer, Kelsey-Seybold brings together medical specialists with diverse training to facilitate both diagnosis and treatment. Medical services and consultations among surgeons, oncologists, radiologists, pathologists and other cancer specialists are coordinated for the patient's convenience – and many times, appointments can be arranged on the same day and in the same building. This seamless process means fewer phone calls to arrange appointments and reduced travel time to see doctors and specialists for patients who may be too ill for the time and effort required to coordinate their own care. Both of Kelsey-Seybold Clinic's Cancer Centers at the Main Campus and the Spring Medical and Diagnostic Center received a three-year accreditation with commendation. In the on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor from the CoC, Kelsey-Seybold demonstrated compliance with all 36 standards for accreditation and received commendations for prevention and early detection of cancer, programs to improve the quality of cancer care, community outreach, cancer committee leadership, cancer registry management and research. The Accreditation Program, a component of the CoC, sets quality-of-care standards for cancer programs nationally and reviews the programs to help ensure they conform to those standards. Accreditation by the CoC is given only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to providing high levels of quality cancer care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. To maintain accreditation, facilities with CoC-accredited cancer programs must undergo an on-site review every three years. Receiving care at a CoC-accredited cancer program helps ensure that a patient will have access to:Comprehensive care, including a range of medical and surgical services and equipmentA multi-specialty, medical team approach to help coordinate treatment optionsInformation about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment optionsAccess to cancer-related information, education and supportA secure cancer registry that collects data on types and stages of cancers and treatment results and offers lifelong patient follow-upOngoing monitoring and improvement of patient careAnd most importantly, quality care close to home. About the Commission on CancerEstablished in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the Commission on Cancer is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving patient outcomes and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care. Its membership includes Fellows of the American College of Surgeons and representatives of 49 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of cancer care. The CoC provides the public with information on the resources, services, and cancer treatment experience for each CoC-accredited cancer program through the CoC Hospital Locator at facs.org/cancerprogram and through the American Cancer Society's National Cancer Information Center at 1-800-ACS-2345. For more information about the Commission on Cancer, visit our Web site at facs.org. 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.