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Rachelle Khalaf
Manager, Media Relations
MEDIA: 713-442-4919
10/26/2004
PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release

Kelsey-Seybold Doctors Open their Pocket Books to Help Victims of Russian School Siege

In less than three weeks, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic physicians donated $7,000 to help child victims of the Sept. 1, 2004 school siege in Beslan, Russia. In addition to the funds raised by Kelsey-Seybold, St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System offered to match funds up to $5,000, through the efforts of Jack Lynch, COO and executive vice president, St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System, and CEO, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital. As of today, $12,000 has been raised to send to victims of the Beslan Russia school siege.
 
After receiving a call for help from their Russian counterparts at the SOS International Clinic in Moscow, Russia, Kelsey-Seybold physicians began campaigning, Sept. 16, for funds to help pay for medical supplies and treatment of child victims who had been transported to children’s hospitals in Moscow.
 
Russian medical staff of Kelsey-Seybold’s sister clinic in Moscow, the International SOS Clinic, initiated and continue to be personally involved in efforts to aid some of the children most severely injured and burned.
 
Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, through its long affiliation with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, has a physician in Moscow, Dr. Jose Flores, who heads medical services to NASA employees, contractors and their families. Dr. Flores works closely with the International SOS Clinic – our “Medical Home” in Moscow and its Russian medical staff.
 
“I greatly appreciate the efforts of Kelsey-Seybold Clinic to raise money for the children of Beslan,” said Dr. Sobolevsky, Kelsey-Seybold Internist who was raised in Russia and educated in Moscow. “In times when the danger of terrorism is so rampant, I believe it is necessary for all of us to support each other, especially those that are most helpless.”
 
Kelsey-Seybold Medical Director James Hoyle, M.D., who has worked closely with Dr. Flores and the Kelsey Research Foundation to rally support, added, “Thank you, to all those at Kelsey-Seybold, St. Luke’s and the Kelsey Research Foundation, who generously donated to help the victims. Thank you for all your compassion and support for these children.”

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.