Houston-based Kelsey-Seybold Clinic plans to open a new clinic location in the downtown tunnels this summer.
Kelsey-Seybold will start construction on a 2,200-square-foot clinic beneath the Niels and Millie Esperson Buildings. The clinic will be located at 815 Walker, suite T-14A, according to a press release from Kelsey-Seybold. Construction has not yet started on the new location, but it is scheduled to open in the summer of 2019, according to a Kelsey-Seybold spokesperson.
The new clinic facility will have room for one medical provider as well as two exam rooms for its virtual health systems, where Kelsey-Seybold patients can connect with primary care and specialty physicians using telemedicine technology, according to the release. Kelsey-Seybold already has one clinic location in downtown Houston, in The Shops at 4 Houston Center.
“Since 1975, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic has had a location in the downtown area,” Tony Lin, chairman and managing director of Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, said in the release. “Eight years ago, we built a new clinic — Downtown at the Shops — to expand our services and specialties to meet the growing needs of our patients. The addition of this new primary care location in the downtown tunnels will make it easier for individuals who work west of Main Street to walk to a Kelsey-Seybold provider.”
Virtual health and telemedicine are big projects for Kelsey-Seybold, Dr. Donald Aga, medical director of health care innovation at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, told the Houston Business Journal in October. The virtual options allow Kelsey-Seybold patients to talk with physicians and receive diagnoses and medications without ever having to attend an appointment in-person. In an industry seeing growth in local urgent care clinic locations and an emphasis on telemedicine, quick and convenient access for patients remain some of the most important missions for health care organizations.
Kelsey-Seybold Clinic was founded in Houston by Dr. Mavis P. Kelsey in 1949 and modeled itself after Minnesota’s Mayo Clinic, according to the company’s website. It was the first clinic in Houston to combine primary care and specialty care under one roof. More than 400 Kelsey-Seybold physicians and allied health professionals practice at 20 locations and an accredited sleep center across the greater Houston area, per the release.
In November 2018, Kelsey-Seybold closed on 5.5 acres of land in unincorporated Montgomery County where it will build its new three-story Kingwood clinic location. The new Kingwood location will replace the area’s previous clinic on Lake Houston Parkway, which was damaged during Hurricane Harvey.