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14
Mar
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Oaktree’s Kidney Clinic Donates $10,000 to Bahamas Kidney Association for Kidney Awareness Month

NASSAU, The Bahamas – “My brother was 39 when he was diagnosed with Kidney Disease and was in renal failure; we were in total denial because he was tall, healthy looking and full of life,” `agreed that we did not want him on dialysis for a long period of time, so we began the process to see if any of us could be a match. Thankfully I was successful in the screening process, I love my brother and I knew donating one of my kidneys would give him a better quality of life.”

Their heartwarming story piqued the interest of many in need of support, information and resources to navigate the challenges faced with a kidney disease diagnosis. Upon researching options available for kidney patients, Roberts and her brother Antonio did not find much since the closure of Bahamas Kidney Foundation. It was time to create something new for the community and Roberts embraced the challenge.

“Dr. Ada Thompson was the founder of the Bahamas Kidney Foundation; however, she was in retirement. We attempted to revive the foundation but ended up having to start over and so the Bahamas Kidney Association was established with her support. She asked me to lead it and I said yes because the need out there is so great and my brother and I really wanted to do something to help,” she explained.

Monalisa Wemyss, Oaktree Medical Center, Operations Manager; Tamika Roberts, President, Bahamas Kidney Association; Nurse Jamie Sears, Kidney Clinic Charge Nurse; and Nephrologist and Oaktree Medical Center Medical Director Dr. Don Deveaux during $10,000 check presentation to the Bahamas Kidney Association.

Globally, the month of March is recognized as World Kidney Month which focuses on awareness and prevention of kidney related diseases. The Bahamas Kidney Association 2022 theme, “Bridge the Knowledge Gap to Better Kidney Care” resonated with Nephrologist and Oaktree Medical Center Medical Director Dr. Don Deveaux.

“While I was a medical student, a family member developed kidney problems and I saw what it did to him and the immediate family because it is very involved for both. I then took a keen interest in the kidneys and decided to specialize in this area,” explained Dr. Deveaux.

As a result, Oaktree Medical Center’s Kidney Clinic recently donated $10,000 to the Bahamas Kidney Association to further advance its kidney and preventative awareness measures while assisting with the transplantation process for persons affected by kidney disease.

“I am very encouraged by the work being done by the rejuvenated Bahamas Kidney Association because the country is greatly impacted. This is just one step to really push the goals of the Association and tangibly help people in need,” said Dr. Deveaux.

As the first major donation from a local kidney facility, Roberts is grateful to Dr. Deveaux and the Kidney Clinic for supporting the association.

“There are no words to express my gratitude for this donation coming from a Nephrologist, from a kidney center. It truly shows how much Oaktree Medical Center really understands the vision and goal of the Bahamas Kidney Association. The association has such an uphill battle and to see the support of Dr. Deveaux means so much for the infancy of our association to be heard, trusted and supported.”

On average, renal patients will visit kidney dialysis facilities 12-15 hours per week and it is essential for patients to feel a sense of support while receiving the best care possible. Nurse Jamie Sears, Kidney Clinic Charge Nurse at Oaktree Medical Center, makes it her mission to show a smile through the mask to bring comfort to her dialysis patients.

“I love what I do and to be able to help kidney patients during their time of need is so important. Oaktree stands as a beacon of hope, not just to give a service but to actually care. We want our patients to feel like healthcare professionals care about them and demonstrate kindness and compassion. I am so proud of the Kidney Clinic for tangibly supporting the Bahamas Kidney Association and the good work being done,” expressed Nurse Sears.

During this month of awareness and throughout the year, Dr. Deveaux encourages all Bahamians to take kidney care seriously.

“Roughly one in ten persons are affected by some form of kidney disease which is a highly prevalent condition. Unfortunately, a person can be asymptomatic without feeling any symptoms at all. As a result, annual check-ups are essential, some of the early signs a kidney related issues may be detected by checking urine and routine blood works. Creatinine is a marker used to measure the kidney numbers and that is part of the readings for annual blood work,” explained Dr. Deveaux.

Nephrologists strongly recommend exercising at least 30 minutes five days a week, drinking plenty of water, eating a balanced diet, maintaining a healthy weight, and having annual check ups.

About the Kidney Clinic

The Kidney Clinic provides personalized care to improve the health of complex patients so they live life to the fullest. On average, renal patients will visit the facility 12-15 hours per week. Our state of the art dialysis center delivers comprehensive care services to end stage renal disease (ESRD) patients while offering the reassurance of staff-assisted treatment, labs and checkups in one place. The clinic’s interdisciplinary care team of nephrologists, nurses, nutritionists and pharmacists provide exceptional care for all patients in a safe, caring environment.

About Oaktree Medical Center

Oaktree Medical Center (OMC), a world-class medical facility provides high quality, holistic, patient-centred, affordable medical services in a safe, caring environment. They provide customized care to meet the needs of each patient and health condition. OMC is focused on family values and its doors are open to serve the community.

07
Dec
Post in News & Events

St. Augustine’s College Alumni Couple Return Home to Inspire the Next Generation of Leaders

Oaktree Medical Center Donates $15,000 to Red-Line Track Club in Honour of Ms. Sonja Knowles

Nassau, The Bahamas – “When I think of Ms. Knowles, I think about the SAC spirit which is full of determination, dedication, discipline, sacrifice and hard work imbued with a spirit of excellence,” explained Oaktree Center’s Medical Director Dr. Don D. Deveaux, a proud 2002 alumnus of St. Augustine’s College.

Recently, he and his wife, Chief Executive Officer of Oaktree Medical Center Mrs. Kristi Deveaux, 01’ also a SAC alumna, returned to their alma mater for a two-fold purpose - to inspire and empower the next generation and donate $15,000 to the Red-Line Athletics Track Club in honour of beloved SAC Principal Ms. Sonja Knowles.

“When we saw Sonja Knowles' name attached to the Red-Line Athletics Track Club event, we knew that we had to pay homage to Ms. Knowles. She is someone who has dedicated her entire adult life to St. Augustine’s College. We also say thank you to Mr. Moss for the work he is doing through Red-Line. At Oaktree, we are focused on building community and this track club embodies the principals we believe in as we invest in young adults through the sporting discipline. Continue the good work,” expressed Dr. Deveaux.

Dr. Don D. Deveaux and Mrs. Kristi Deveaux donated $15,000 to the Red-Line Athletics Track Club in honour of beloved SAC Principal Ms. Sonja Knowles. From left –Mr. Tito Moss; Mrs. Nekera Moss; Ms. Sonja Knowles; Mrs. Kristi Deveaux and Dr. Don D. Deveaux.

As a 1970 graduate of St. Augustine’s College, Principal Knowles is known for her passionate, supportive, energetic, firm yet kind leadership style. She is loved and respected by the scores of students under her care for more than four decades.

Tito Moss, SAC '92 graduate is the founder of the Red-Line Track Club and former standout track and field athlete and long standing track coach at St. Augustine’s from 2004, Assistant Coach with Club Monica Athletics in 2010, Assistant Head Coach of the CAC Age Group National Championship in 2015 and Assistant Head Coach of the NACAC-U18/U23 Championship National Team in 2019.

At the check presentation, joined by his and his wife Mrs. Nekeva Moss, he accepted the $15,000 title sponsorship donation from Dr. and Mrs. Deveaux in honour of the second annual Sonja Knowles Red-Line Track Classic which was widely supported by the community.

“I want to thank Ms. Knowles for all her hard work, all the years of mentoring young people, thanks for being our role model, our Principal, our motivator, cheerleader and disciplinarian all these years. I truly appreciate all you have done for me and my family. We are so grateful for Dr. Deveaux, Mrs. Deveaux and the Oaktree Medical Center team and for your support for us and I am happy to announce that going forward in perpetuity, this meet will be named the Sonja Knowles Track Classic hosted by RedLine, as we want to continue to have her name associated with greatness,” expressed Moss.

Dr. Deveaux shared his educational journey with grade seven students at his alma mater St. Augustine’s College.

Mrs. Kristi Deveaux shared her journey while at St. Augustine’s College as an active member of several athletic clubs and reminded the students to remain grateful.

In addition to the donation, the Deveaux’s spent time with the seventh-grade class and Dr. Deveaux recanted his time walking the halls of St. Augustine’s. He candidly shared his failures, challenges and setbacks along the way which paved the way for his successful future in the medical field and as a community builder.

Dr. Deveaux did not grow up with a silver spoon in his mouth, growing up in a single parent home, his mother did the best she could to provide for him and his five siblings. He had a troubled start having been expelled from school, transferred to St. Augustine’s College and repeating the 8th grade, due to lack of finances he was often removed from school and relied on his best friend Karlos Mackey, a SAC 02’ alumnus to provide notes and updates from class.

“My wife showed me a post on Facebook which showed the word ‘Depression’ and back there was a lot to be depressed about, there was so much despair but, in that word, it actually spells out the phrase ‘I Pressed On’. Through the support of kind people like Sister Noella, she pushed for me to receive a scholarship in Grade 10 and as a result, I was able to pass the year and move on to Grade 11, everyone was surprised, even me. The support from the SAC community, my friends and family got me through. I’ve learned so much from St. Augustine’s College, from Ms. Knowles, from Mr. Dorsett and many others and I am deeply appreciative.

Mrs. Deaveaux expressed her gratitude for the sacrifices of the teachers and staff at SAC and the importance of remaining grateful.

“The values I learned at SAC are pillars I have carried out in my adult life. I appreciate everything that happened here, as I was on many sports teams’ volleyball, track, swimming, basketball so I learned a lot about discipline, determination, and teamwork. Many of the things we implement at Oaktree are focused on service, stem from being here at this institution. We are grateful to be back home, so please do not take for granted the opportunity to be here and always remain grateful,” said Mrs. Deveaux.

Mr. Karlos Mackey lauded his best friend Dr. Deveaux and encouraged students to remain focused 

Red-Line Athletics Track Club members, Ms. Sonja Knowles and Dr. Don D. Deveaux and Mrs. Deveaux.

Accompanied by his best friend and classmate Mr. Mackey, he admonished the students to be careful of the company they keep and to remain focused on their studies to accomplish the goals they set forth.

“I’ve had the privilege to work for very large Big Four accounting firms as a CPA in the U.S., even with opportunity to work in New York with Wall Street clients, and I can tell you there is no day that I do not have an appreciation for the experiences I would have gone through at St. Augustine’s College. While in school, decide now to make the right choice and who you are going to be. You may be looking around and some of your friends seem to be floating through life and it is just easy for them, and you have a chip on your shoulder because it seems easy for them. I want to encourage you to remember like Dr. Deveaux says, ‘life is what you make it’. Our friendship has developed right here at St. Augustine’s and we support each other. That is why no matter where I am, when he calls, I am there and this is because of the values and the friendship we built here at SAC,” explains Mackey.

As the Medical Director of Oaktree Medical Center specializing in Internal Medicine and subspecialty in Nephrology, in closing Dr. Deveaux implored the teachers and students to press on together and not give up.

“Teachers, I stand here today to say I am the reason you do not give up on students and students I am the reason you don’t give up on yourself. Through God all things are possible. The world is what you make of you, you have the opportunity to carry on SAC’s great legacy of almost 75 plus years,” said Dr. Deveaux.

About Oaktree Medical Center

Oaktree Medical Center (OMC), a world-class medical facility provides high quality, holistic, patient-centred, affordable medical services in a safe, caring environment. They provide customized care to meet the needs of each patient and health condition. OMC is focused on family values and its doors are open to serve the community.

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