MEDIA CONTACT(S): Rachelle Khalaf Manager, Media Relations MEDIA: 713-442-4919 General Inquiries: 713-442-0000 Rachelle.Khalaf@Kelsey-Seybold.com 10/14/2002 PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release Generic HTML Content Kelsey-Seybold Clinic Welcomes New Physician to its Palm Center Clinic Page ContentFor more than fifty years Kelsey-Seybold Clinic has provided quality health care and outpatient services to the Houston area. In its continuing commitment to deliver the most advanced level of comprehensive patient care, Kelsey-Seybold is pleased to announce a new physician to its team. Nicole Tarrant-Smith, M.D., has joined the Pediatric department at the Palm Center clinic on 5290 Griggs Rd., Suite 100. Nicole Tarrant-Smith, M.D., received her medical degree from the University of Texas-Houston School of Medicine, where she also completed her internship and residency in Pediatrics. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Medical Association and the Mary Susan More Medical Society. 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.