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Oaktree Medical Center $300,000 Title Partner for the 50th CARIFTA Games

NASSAU, The Bahamas – “It's historic in many ways and very admirable that Oaktree Medical, to my knowledge and memory, it is the first time a medical institution has actually come on board to the extent to which Oaktree has and that warrants commendation,” noted President of NACAC Athletics Mr. Mike Sands at a recent press conference to announce Oaktree Medical Center as the Title Partner for the 50th CARFITA Games.

Sands lauded the local organizing committee, Dr. Deveaux and the Oaktree Medical Center team, who are eager and ready to kick things into high gear for the 2023 games here in New Providence. Dr. Don D. Deveaux, Oaktree Medical Center Network Chief Medical Officer expressed why he and his wife CEO of Oaktree Mrs. Kristi Deveaux remains committed to youth development through sports.

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Chief Medical Officer Don D. Deveaux

“The CARIFTA Games, for us, embodies the spirit of unity, strength, and teamwork. None of us here today can boast that we are self-made, or that we cross the finish line on our own. We stand as a people and developing nation on the shoulders of so many who selflessly gave of themselves to make this gem in the archipelago, The Bahamas, world class. When thinking about making a sound investment, some may say, why not in technology or other important areas? But for us, here at Oaktree Medical Center, we believe in not only caring and compassionate medical care but most importantly investing in human capital, investing in the human soul– the youth of this nation is the top investment.”

The sporting event of 2023 will take place Easter weekend, April 8th-10th as the country is poised to celebrate its 50th year of Independence.

CEO of the Local Organizing Committee of the 50th CARIFTA Games Mr. Lynden Maycock opened with the simple yet powerful prayer of Jabez for the enlargement of his territory and God granted Jabez’s request. “Only for his glory, he will continue to enlarge your territory [Dr. Deveaux] and even more and only for his glory. Today, I welcome Dr. Deveaux, Oaktree Medical Center and their entire team as part of our CARIFTA Games family.”

(From left) CEO of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) of the 2023 CARIFTA Games Lynden Maycock; Senior Pastor of Evangelistic Temple Rev. Dr. Vaughn Cash; CEO of Oaktree Medical Center Kristi Deveaux; President of NACAC Athletics Mike Sands; Oaktree Medical Center Network Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Don D. Deveaux; Director of Media (LOC) of the 2023 CARIFTA Games Tonique Williams-Darling and BAAA’s President Drumeco Archer.

The 50th CARIFTA Games will draw thousands of track and field fans from around the Caribbean and the world, boosting sports tourism and the economy of The Bahamas. President of the BAAA’s Mr. Drumeco Archer, while thanking the Deveaux’s for being the ‘Davids’ of our community for slaying ‘giants’ of social decay and youth degradation, he also noted the power of track and field.

“Track and Field is a sport that is rich with culture and heritage but it's also a sport where we attract grassroots every day. Our reclaim is through corporate partners like Oaktree Medical to ensure that the life and line of this country survive because I think sports is the leveler that levels the playing field, that never denies anyone who is talented. The ambition of our Federation is to ensure that we not only produce good athletes, but we also produce good citizens,” said Archer.

Oaktree Medical Center, CEO Kristi Deveaux and Dr. with the Carifta 50th Local Organising Committee.

As Title Partner for the 2023 CAFIFTA Games, Oaktree Medical Center has committed to donate $300,000.00 for the event and encourages corporate Bahamas to join forces with them to support youth development through sports.

Oaktree Medical Center staff

“This donation today, is truly a sacrifice for us.  Kristi and I believe with all our hearts that success in life requires faith, hard work, and dedication, through God’s divine hand and presence anything is possible.,” Deveaux expressed.  “We believe that through God, the healer, we can begin to heal this nation through tangible, life altering events like the CARIFTA Games, here at Oaktree Medical Center, we are more than medicine, we are community. Come Gold with us and let’s cross the finish line together.”

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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Oaktree Medical and NHIA Partner to Combat Prostate Cancer in The Bahamas

NASSAU, The Bahamas – “I was absolutely lost for words; I was totally shocked because in January for my annual, I was totally fine,” recalls Tyrone Miller after receiving an unexpected prostate cancer diagnosis.

Miller, a recent retiree who diligently worked at the Water and Sewerage Corporation for 43 years was ready to transition to a more relaxed pace not knowing he was now in a battle against cancer.

“Since I was retiring, I decided to just go in and have another physical in May of 2021. So I went to Oaktree and met with Dr. Deveaux and my prostate levels seemed to be out of whack and I couldn't understand it because it was zero a few months prior. I was then referred to Dr. Evans the Urologist and after the biopsy, it was confirmed that I indeed had cancer,” he lamented.   The Bahamas has the 14th highest ranking for prostate cancer in the world. Unfortunately, even with these startling statistics many Bahamian men deliberately avoid the doctor’s office unwilling to face themselves or take health matters seriously. Chief Medical Officer for the Oaktree Medical Center Health Network Dr. Don D. Deveaux strongly encourages men to be mindful of their health.

Tyrone Miller, Prostate Cancer Survivor

“Every day I see men of all ages and walks of life downplaying their health, as a result cutting their own lives short from neglecting self-care and as a result preventative diseases are running rampant. As September is Prostate Cancer Awareness month, we partnered with the National Health Insurance Authority to encourage all men to pay more attention to their bodies while maintaining an active lifestyle, along with having their annual examinations and prostate checks,” said Dr. Deveaux.  

This month Oaktree Medical Center donated $5,000 to NHIA for Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, NHIA Chief Executive Officer Mrs. Christy Butler expressed her gratitude for the partnership.

(From left) Dr. Don D. Deveaux, Oaktree Medical Center Health Network Chief Medical Officer donates $5,000.00 to NHIA Chief Executive Officer Christy Butler and Enesca Smith, Human Resources Manager, Oaktree Medical Center.

“Since March this year, NHIA has hosted virtual Beneficiary Educational Sessions as part of our healthcare, quality, and wellness initiatives. Having Oaktree Medical as a partner allows us to seamlessly move from on screen to in-person engagements and we are very thankful for the opportunity. The funds donated are assisting our efforts to host sessions on men’s health and prostate cancer awareness for NHI Beneficiaries and the general public,” she explained.  

Attendees at the September session were able to benefit from the knowledge and expertise from guest speakers Bahamian Urologist Dr. Bert Williams and Therapist Mr. Harrison Thompson.

“We find that men tend to shy away from healthcare. It is our hope with this and future events as well, to provide a haven for men to feel comfortable not just learning and seeking care for physical health but also mental health as well,” says Butler.  

For Miller, embracing the cancer diagnosis with the support of his wife, family and friends made all the difference as he has through early detection and good medical care successfully won the battle.  

“My doctors told me that I could beat this, and it wasn’t a death sentence and so that calmed me and gave me the will to combat it.  My wife and family were in total support behind me every step of the way. I had radiation treatment for about two months at the Cleveland Clinic and upon returning home, Oaktree Medical Center staff and my doctors checked on my progress and for that I am thankful."  

Now declared cancer free with an even greater appreciation for life, Miller has strong advice to all men to adhere to.  

“It is because of early detection that I was able to jump on it right away and that increase my odds. I would say to all men over the age 40, please get your prostate checked, have a physical annually and don’t ignore your body. Seriously, don’t just go to the doctor when you have pain. You only have one good life on this Earth so take responsibility for the things that are important including your health,” Miller expressed.

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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