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Kelsey-Seybold Clinic locations in Pearland and Cypress were among 30 public and private health care practices and systems nationwide, and the only institutions in Texas, recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for their success in helping patients control high blood pressure. The clinics were named 2017 Hypertension Control Champions for the HHS Million Hearts initiative.

Kelsey-Seybold Clinic began offering its Advanced Wellness Exam program at the Downtown Clinic for professionals seeking a personalized and efficient way to manage their health. The program includes a comprehensive appointment, extended physician consultation and same-day results for most tests.

On May 5, 2014, the Kelsey Research Foundation raised $241,000 at its 20th Annual Golf Classic, a record amount raised by the organization ​in a single day.

Upon completion of its six-phase, $5 million renovation in June 2014, Kelsey-Seybold’s West Clinic – now known as the Tanglewood Clinic – received a new name to pair its new look and better reflect its geographic location following Houston’s tremendous growth.

The Kelsey Research Foundation and Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, in partnership with The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and Neighborhood Centers Inc., piloted the Active Living after Breast Cancer program. Funded by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), the 12-session program is designed to help breast cancer survivors re-engage in an active lifestyle in order to improve their quality of life and overall health.

In October 2014, all 16 existing Kelsey-Seybold Clinic primary care locations received the Texas Physician Practice Quality Improvement Award, which recognizes outstanding physician practices in the use of health information technology to improve preventive health care.

Throughout 2014, Kelsey-Seybold opened its doors to patients at new clinic locations in Clear Lake, The Woodlands and Humble.


In 2015, UnitedHealthcare launched its Charter health benefits plan, which provides Houston-area employers and employees with access to Kelsey-Seybold’s network of physicians and hospital partners. Charter was available to employers with 51-plus employees with plan effective dates beginning Jan. 1, 2015 as well as to small employers with 2 to 50 employees with plan effective dates beginning April 1, 2015.

Victor Simms, M.D., an Internal Medicine physician at the Kelsey-Seybold Clinic in Pasadena, was appointed Chief of Internal Medicine by the Kelsey-Seybold Board of Directors Feb. 9, 2015. Donnie Aga, M.D., an Internal Medicine physician at Kelsey-Seybold’s Main Campus clinic, was appointed Medical Director for Healthcare Innovation Feb. 16, 2015.

The $21.3 million Kelsey-Seybold Clinic Cancer Center opened its doors to patients on April 8, 2015. Covering more than 30,000 square feet, the nationally accredited Cancer Center occupies the first and second floors of a newly added wing on the West side of the Main Campus building and would provide new offerings for patients which include expanded Infusion Therapy and a state-of-the-art Radiation Therapy Suite featuring the Varian TrueBeam™ technology.

Expansions to the Main Campus building also created opportunities for some specialties to relocate and others to be added in the facility, including Executive Health, Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery, Neurology, Pulmonary and Critical Care, Allergy, Dermatology and Urology.

Kelsey-Seybold Clinic began offering its Corporate and Executive Health Assessment Program at The Woodlands location.

When the City of Houston adopted a new benefit program to reduce healthcare costs in 2011, many City employees selected the Cigna KelseyCare ACO network affiliated with Kelsey-Seybold Clinic. By 2015, the City had achieved an estimated savings of $42 million in healthcare costs.

The Kelsey Research Foundation piloted Project UPLIFT, an eight-week program to treat depression in patients, in August 2015 and hosted its first monthly Epilepsy Support Group meeting in October 2015. These programs were implemented to help Houston-area patients with epilepsy, as well as their loved ones, cope with the challenges of this condition.

Kelsey Research Foundation president and CEO Herbert L. DuPont, M.D., M.A.C.P., was one of 79 UT System professors to receive the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award Aug. 19, 2015. In addition to his role at KRF, Dr. DuPont was also a professor and director of the Center for Infectious Diseases at UT Health's School of Public Health.

Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, the American Diabetes Association and Luby’s Restaurants formed an exclusive partnership to “BEAT Diabetes.” Throughout the November 2015 campaign, Luby’s patrons were informed about and encouraged to select the restaurant’s healthier menu options.


Kelsey-Seybold Clinic was recertified as an Accountable Care Organization by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Feb. 9, 2016 and remains the only organization in Houston to receive this accreditation.

Kelsey-Seybold Clinic’s Cancer Center was the first in Houston, and one of 200 in the nation, to offer cancer treatment using Varian’s Edge™, the latest technology in radiation therapy and radiosurgery. The Varian Edge was installed in the Cancer Center’s radiation therapy suite in January 2016.

Benjamin Dillon, M.D., a urologist specializing in Female Pelvic Medicine, Reconstructive Surgery and Neurology, was appointed Associate Chief of Urology by the Kelsey-Seybold Board of Managers.

The Kelsey Research Foundation raised $237,000 at its 22nd Annual Golf Classic on May 2, 2016. Spencer Berthelsen, who served as Kelsey-Seybold Clinic’s managing director at the time, was selected as the honorary chairman of the tournament held at the Quail Valley Golf Club.

The Kelsey-Seybold Clinic Board of Managers unanimously elected Tony Lin, M.D., F.H.M., an internal medicine physician specializing in hospitalist medicine, as the new Chairman of the Board on May 4, 2016.

In 2016, Kelsey-Seybold opened new clinics in Katy and in Sienna Plantation.

KelseyCare Advantage was awarded the highest rating for quality and service, five out of five stars, by the Centers for Medicare and Medicare services following an annual assessment of all Medicare Advantage plans Oct. 12, 2016. KelseyCare is the only 5-star rated Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug plan in the Greater Houston area and one of three in the nation.

On Dec. 7, 2016, Donald Owens, M.D., F.A.C.P., was honored for 50 continuous years of dedicated service as a dermatologist at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic – making history as the first employee to achieve this milestone.


Kelsey-Seybold Clinic launched its redesigned, responsive website on Feb. 1, 2017. The new was designed to better cater to visitors accessing the website on digital devices including computers, tablets and smartphones. The revamped website debuted upgraded features – including responsive design, simpler appointment scheduling, content integration, optimized pages and imagery – delivered with shorter load times and a greater user experience.

In the same month, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic began offering telemedicine services for KelseyCare Health Plan members. E-visits and video visits allow KelseyCare patients with certain acute symptoms and conditions to communicate with Kelsey-Seybold providers remotely through a secure electronic exchange or live video system, respectively.

After nearly four decades as a key member of Kelsey-Seybold Clinic’s medical and executive teams, Spencer Berthelsen, M.D., F.A.C.P., retired as Managing Director and Internal Medicine physician on March 10, 2017. Since he joined Kelsey-Seybold Clinic in 1980, Dr. Berthelsen went on to serve in numerous leadership capacities, including a 15-year tenure as Chairman of the Board.

The AMGA Foundation honored Kelsey-Seybold Clinic with a 2017 Foundation Star award, which recognizes organizations for their commitment to AMGA and the advancement of health care.

In April 2017, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic began offering extended hours for pediatric visits at its Spring, Sienna Plantation, Pearland, Clear Lake and The Woodlands locations along with its Fort Bend Medical and Diagnostic Center.​

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