Nassau, THE BAHAMAS - A signature wellness and community engagement effort of University of The Bahamas (UB), the 2020 UBFIT race is expected to be the best one yet, with a new title sponsor on board for the event.
Oaktree Medical Center is UBFIT’s new title sponsor, with a total $30,000 sponsorship commitment for the next three years, University officials announced on Tuesday, 3rd March at a press conference. The UBFIT Fun Run Walk Bike Skate 5K/10k race will be held on Saturday, 4th April, leaving once again from UB's Oakes Field Campus.
Medical Director of Oaktree Medical Center Dr. Don Diego Deveaux expressed his support for UB and UBFIT as the new title sponsor for the race for a period of three years.
From left: Erin Brown, Director of Disabilities and Compliance, UB; Dino Hernandez, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, UB; Dr. Rodney D. Smith, UB President; Dr. Don D. Deveaux, Medical Director of Oaktree Medical Center; Kandice Eldon, Executive Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations, UB, and UBFIT Co-Chair; Inga Bostwick, Assistant Director of Development, UB, and UBFIT Co-chair.
Additionally, this year there is a special invitation for persons to participate in the “push” element of the race.
UB President Dr. Rodney D. Smith welcomed Oaktree Medical Center’s sponsorship, particularly since the donation comes a few months after Hurricane Dorian devastated the UB-North campus in East Grand Bahama. Funds raised from this year’s event will go towards rebuilding efforts for UB-North, enhancing mobility on UB’s campuses and boosting the Annual Fund for critical programmes across the institution.
“The generous giving from our donors and friends nationally and abroad remains vital as we continue to recover throughout this process,” said Dr. Smith. “Supporting our signature UBFIT race is one of the ways we can make a difference in the lives of our students, faculty and staff in Grand Bahama while at the same time, meeting our wellness goals.”
Oaktree Medical Center Director Dr. Don Diego Deveaux noted that he is more than happy to be UBFIT’s title sponsor since the health and education of a nation is its wealth.
“To whom much is given, much is required, and for the Oaktree family the opportunity to partner with University of The Bahamas for UBFIT represents many of the core values we believe in and is picture perfect and timely,” Dr. Deveaux said.
“We are delighted to strengthen our relationship with University of The Bahamas today and encourage corporate Bahamas to do the same.”
UBFIT has emerged as one of UB’s crucial community building and fundraising initiatives. In its inaugural year, more than 500 people participated, consequently contributing to UB’s Annual Fund and supporting the goal of increased mobility for students with special needs. The event grew from the institution’s annual Health and Safety Week, held under the theme “Fit. Healthy. Safe.”
President Smith noted that UBFIT has seen an increase in anticipation, enthusiasm, and participation each year since its inception in 2017.
Erin Brown, an amputee who serves as UB’s Disability and Compliance Director, said she is pleased with the addition of the push element to the race because it provides accessibility and accommodations for people with disabilities.
“Push enables everyone to participate,” said Ms. Brown. “Wheelchair users can propel themselves or have support in being pushed. Adaptive athletes with physical disabilities can participate with accompanied guides or support staff. Push also includes family and friends who would enjoy a push in the strollers or sitting on tandem bikes.”
Dino Hernandez, UB’s Vice President of Institutional Advancement, thanked the various sponsors for their donations since their giving is helping to restore University operations in Grand Bahama.
“The devastation of Hurricane Dorian was immense,” he said. “However, the generosity of so many donors who sprang to the aid of our students and faculty at UB-North was heart-warming.”
UBFIT is made possible by generous public private partnerships, in-kind giving and donor support, and has raised more than $150,000 over the years.
In addition to Oaktree Medical Center, other sponsors include Bahamas Power & Light, Generali Worldwide, Elite Wellness Solutions, JS Johnson, the Walk-In Clinic and Nassau Agencies. Additional corporate support for the event is expected to pour in over the coming weeks.
Courtesy of Office of University Relations | University of The Bahamas
Oaktree Medical Center Offers Relief for Low Iron Sufferers Through IV Infusions
Nassau, THE BAHAMAS - “At the end of the day not having energy and not being able to function as usual is so hard and debilitating, it really keeps you down,’ explains Samantha Cartwright a patient at Oaktree Medical Center who suffers from low iron. For Samantha, and many others challenged with low iron and other deficiencies, life’s daily tasks can become a struggle when the body is depleted of vital nutrients.
“For me, IV infusions are the way to go, especially for those who have a challenge with low iron and low blood count,” says Cartwright. Additionally, IV infusions may be recommended if the patient is unable to take iron by mouth, cannot absorb iron adequately through the stomach or the person has difficulty absorbing enough iron due to blood loss.
Typically iron deficiency anemia is treated with dietary changes and iron supplements taken orally. However, studies have shown many persons have an intolerance to taking these pills by mouth. The good news is that low iron sufferers are opting for a relatively underutilized therapy which reduces the need for blood transfusions. Oaktree Medical Center’s Nephrologist, Dr. Don D. Deveaux lauds the use of intravenous iron for patients needing a boost.
"From my experience, many patients cannot absorb oral iron into their body and may have side effects from oral iron pills,” explains Dr. Deveaux. “It can take many months for the person to get the same dose of iron from oral iron that can otherwise be administered in one dose of intravenous (IV) iron. Furthermore, having IV iron can reduce the need for blood transfusions and its inherent risks."
Additionally, for pregnant women, as the fetus absorbs iron from her body the mother’s iron level may drop resulting in anemia. Women in their second and third trimester may also consider this form of treatment.
For Samantha the IV infusion treatment offered at Oaktree Medical Center has made a major difference in her quality of life.
“I’ve dealt with low blood count, shortness of breath, difficulty going up staircases and challenges moving. Before starting the infusions at Oaktree, I had to do blood transfusions. This required me to stay in hospital for a few days in order to receive the treatment. Now I am able to receive the care I need over a few consecutive days at the facility and actually be able to go home. It’s wonderful. The IV infusions gave me energy and allowed me to get back to my active lifestyle. I encourage those who may be struggling like I did to do your research and consider this as a possible treatment option,” explained Cartwright.