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4/8/2015
PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release

Kelsey-Seybold Completes $21.3 Million Cancer Center Expansion at Main Campus

Expanded Infusion Therapy and a state-of-the-art Radiation Therapy Suite featuring the TrueBeam™ technology are among some of the new offerings for patients
 
HOUSTON (April 8, 2015) – After years of meticulous analysis, planning and execution, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic opened its $21.3 million Cancer Center in a new wing at the Main Campus. The more than 30,000 sq. ft. Cancer Center occupies the first and second floors of the new wing on the West side of the building. Kelsey-Seybold Clinic's Cancer Center is nationally accredited by the Commission on Cancer (COC).
             
"Through the years, we have built a Cancer Center – and a team of specialists – who work tirelessly to help ensure that our patients receive coordinated, evidence-based and life-saving care," said T.J. Patel, M.D. Chief of Hematology and Oncology, Kelsey-Seybold Cancer Center. "Expanding our in-house services will streamline the process for patients, while offering convenient care in an environment that was customized for an improved experience."
            
The addition of Radiation Oncology to Kelsey-Seybold's cancer services meant bringing in a team of experienced physicians and staff to care for patients needing radiation treatment. Kelsey-Seybold welcomed Snehal S. Desai, M.D. a board-certified radiation oncologist, with many years of experience treating patients at both Houston Methodist Hospital and CHI St. Luke's. As the Radiation Oncology managing physician, Dr. Desai will lead a team of radiation oncology staff members which includes a physicist and a dosimetrist. 
            
"Kelsey-Seybold has developed a patient-focused radiation oncology department," said Snehal Desai, M.D., Medical Director of Radiation Oncology at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic. "When patients see us for treatment, they can be rest assured that they are being cared for by qualified and experienced professionals who are using cutting-edge advanced technology." 
            
Radiation oncology is located on the first floor, with specially designed vaults for two Linear Accelerators. At this time, Kelsey-Seybold has outfitted one vault with Varian's TrueBeam™ a more precise radiation oncology treatment system that minimizes exposure to healthy tissue. The TrueBeam™ technology means Kelsey-Seybold can treat varying cancer cases – from common to complex.Click here for more information about Kelsey-Seybold Clinic's Radiation Therapy Suite.
            
The presence of a PET CT scanner in the Cancer Center not only provides an onsite diagnostic resource for our patients; it supports more complex treatment planning when needed.
             
In addition to Radiation Therapy and onsite PET CT, the new Cancer Center will feature more exam rooms and a specially designed Infusion Center area with increased capacity meeting the growing demand for cancer care in the community. 
             
One of the aesthetic components of the new Cancer Center facility was to utilize natural lighting in as many patient care areas as possible – the infusion bay area features roomy inlets with wall-to-wall windows throughout. 
            
"When a cancer patient is diagnosed, there are many possible emotions experienced by patients including anxiety, depression and stress and we wanted the facility where they receive consultation and treatment to alleviate some of those emotions," said Melissa Rambin, Director of Cancer Services, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic. "A lot of thought and research went into the design of our new Center at Main Campus – from the color scheme, to the flow of the patient areas – even the art work. We are very proud of this new space and hope that our patients find comfort when they are here." 
            
"Kelsey-Seybold Clinic is known nationally for our committed focus to coordinated, accountable care. Our state-of-the-art Cancer Center expansion and new technology enhancements will enable us to continue providing the highly personalized cancer care we've always delivered to our cancer patients." said Spencer Berthelsen, Chairman of the Board and Managing Director of Kelsey-Seybold Clinic. 
             
The Kelsey-Seybold Clinic Cancer Center expansion was designed by Page Architects. Linbeck was the general contractor for this project.   

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.