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TCI Hospital and The Math Lab Partners on STEM Education

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#TurksandCaicos, June 6, 2022 – Children are naturally curious and providing opportunities to develop that curiosity and other skills are an integral part of educational programs today. InterHealth Canada Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital is dedicated to inspiring the next generation of scientists, technologists, doctors, nurses, and engineers with programs that provide hands-on experience.

Through its STEM for SUCCESS Foundation, the TCI Math Lab has focused on critical areas—science, technology, engineering, and math; an essential way to engage students in fun and meaningful ways while helping them develop 21st Century Skills. The Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital aims to assist in bolstering stem education by providing real-world applications and exploring how the sciences can lead to many areas in health and medicine.

On Monday, May 30th, 2022, at the STEM for SUCCESS Foundation’s 1st Annual Science Expo, TCI Hospital’s Emergency Medicine Specialist Dr Devon Grant spoke to over forty youngsters on the importance of healthy choices to protect the heart and along with Dr Raven Saunders, Dr Eric Griggs of New Orleans and Dr Alexis Missick demonstrated and presented on the various heart functions, phlebotomy and administering medication and nutrients directly into veins.

Also in attendance were Mrs Romaine Missick-Smith, CEO of the Health Regulatory Authority and Dr Denise Braithwaite- Tennant, CEO  of InterHealth Canada Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital, who brought remarks and participated in the skills stations.

“Our goal has always been to mentor and foster youngsters interested in a future career in medicine. We have displayed this through our Ready and Clinical Observation programmes. It is a pleasure to sponsor this important foundation, and we look forward to future events. I congratulate Mr LeKensay Missick, founder of The Math Lab and President of STEM for SUCCESS Foundation, for hosting its 1st Annual Science Expo and the event’s success,” said CEO Dr Denise Braithwaite- Tennant.

She added, “We are committed to STEM education for all, to empower students to envision themselves as future scientists, innovators, and trailblazers in health and Medicine. We believe we can make a difference in their lives today so that they can make a difference in the lives of others tomorrow”.

“Our organisation is committed to educating and exposing our students to the world of STEM, and this program, like all others, aims to do just that. We believe that it is important for our students, especially those in underserved communities, to have the opportunity to access programs that can tremendously change the trajectory of their lives. We believe that we can be very successful in accomplishing our mission of increasing educational outcomes, college readiness, and employability skills in our youth”, said LeKensay Missick, founder of The Math Lab, and President of STEM for SUCCESS Foundation.

Through the STEM for SUCCESS Foundation, The Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital will be providing 30 students with CPR training on both Grand Turk and Providenciales.

 

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A Woman in Pain; what to do to be pain-free

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By Dana Malcolm

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December 1, 2022 – Cramps, migraines, back pain, childbirth, throughout their lives women are likely to feel a lot of pain. The FDA says on average women report more pain and some types of long term pain like migraines are more common in females. Despite this many studies have proven that women are less likely to be treated quickly.

One of those ‘The Girl who Cried Pain’ found that ‘women report more severe levels of pain, more frequent incidences of pain, and pain of longer duration than men, but are nonetheless treated for pain less aggressively.’

Many women have had this experience, writer Joe Fassler explained how his wife Rachel waited 14 hours in the emergency room because none of the nurses believed she was in as much pain as she said and the doctor on call didn’t bother to do an exam, writing it off as a common health issue and treating her for that. In fact, Rachel was in dire need of emergency surgery to get rid of an ovarian torsion, which if left untreated causes body tissue to die. When doctors finally realized what was wrong the only option left was to cut out her uterus

So what can women do to get adequate healthcare when in pain? The US Pain Foundation lists several ways women can talk to their doctors about pain efficiently.

  • Make note of and discuss the intensity of your pain on a scale, make sure to note when it gets more or less intense
  • Talk about the functional impact it has on your day-to-day life. Has it stopped you from exercising, from going out? From making yourself a meal? Note all of these things and explain them to your doctor. “When you talk about what the medical community calls “daily activities of living,” doctors often sit up and take notice,” the USPF says.
  • Communicate your short- and long-term goals. Do you want to get back to exercising? or to running marathons, communicate this and organize a treatment plan

In addition learning more precise words for pain will help you describe it effectively, is it throbbing, aching, biting? Don’t be afraid to get a second and even a third opinion on your pain and finally be firm with your explanations, you know your body best.

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Underwater Eyes will help TCI see how to protect its marine life

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By Dana Malcolm

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#TheTurksandCaicos, December 1, 2022 – The Turks and Caicos was recently gifted several Baited Remote Underwater Video Cameras (BRUVs) as part of the UKs Blue Belt Program.

The announcement was made by Governor Nigel Dakin on Instagram on November 18th, less than a month prior to the start of the Conference of the Parties on Biodiversity or COP 15 where countries will lobby for funding to preserve their plants, animals and sea life.

Dakin explained the purpose of the new technology.

“The BRUVs are baited camera systems that are deployed underwater, 200-250 m apart for an hour at a time. They take a snapshot of the area and aid in understanding fish population, status of species, marine biodiversity hotspots, and how well marine parks are performing,” he said.

TCI islanders across several departments have been trained to use the equipment and the first deployment has already been completed.

“With these new resources and added skillset, TCIG will have a broader capacity to study and monitor the wide complexity of marine life inhabiting the TCI waters,” Dakin maintained.

In addition to that, Blue Belt Programme protected area specialists were also in the Turks and Caicos recently for stakeholder meetings on several protected areas in Providenciales and Grand Turk which the governor said were well attended.

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Barbara Lyn Missick, Helping Children to Explore the Art & Craft at BTC

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PROVIDENCIALES, Turks & Caicos Islands: Children live what they learn. With this in mind, the Beaches Turks and Caicos Kids Camp department is ensuring that children who visit this award-winning all-inclusive family resort are able to find joy in being creative, all under the guidance of experienced ‘crafters’ such as Senior Crafter, Barbara Lyn Missick.

Within its cadre of offerings, the Kids Camp department provides craft, games, and a myriad of fun activities for children of all ages. Missick, who joined the company 24 years ago in September 199,8 has been fostering a creative environment for children to learn art and craft, or just enjoy the opportunity to express their creativity through their own unique designs.

According to Missick, “I believe that in order to lead the craft area of this resort, one must have a passion for creativity, a high level of patience, and motherly instincts. Being able to experience children, and sometimes their parents too, entering the creative arts centre and at the end of the day they are able to celebrate the finished product of their hard, but fun labour, is always rewarding. Art and craft for me has been a transformation from a mere passion to becoming a career, primarily due to what this resort has been able to offer to families who visit our shores.

“Being a part of the BTC family has allowed me to thrive in a very comfortable environment where I have grown professionally and earned significantly while doing something that I enjoy. This craft centre within the Kids Camp is never seen as work as I am able to create an environment where I can see children smile and have a great time every day and I am rewarded whenever returning families make a specific request for me to teach their children,” the resort veteran continued.

Missick went on to add, “Ideas for craft within the area have been born out of the natural environment inspired by the different islands of the Turks & Caicos, hence the opportunity to teach and share the culture of our island home has positioned me to be an ambassador to our visitors and I love it!”.

“The vast levels of leadership available at BTC present great opportunities to grow as a professional and are just some of the main influencers for my longevity with the resort as I have grown from camp counselor to crafter, then to senior crafter and look forward to even more advancement. In addition, the chance to help in the development of this skilled area, especially with the younger team members has created a symbiotic relationship where we build this department as a team. Sharing with my colleagues while learning new and more modern techniques daily, allows us to evolve into being the best all-inclusive family,” Missick shared.

On building prospective leaders within the organisation, general manager James McAnally highlighted the values needed for a strong leader like Barbara. Said McAnally, “Being able to satisfy the creative needs of our guests and especially the children, is of paramount importance at a family resort such as ours. Barbara’s impact within this area is undoubtedly immeasurable. Her creative prowess has allowed our young guests to be at home with the arts and craft through which they get the chance to express themselves. Barbara has been that champion who has given great effort in building and maintaining this area of the Kids Camp at BTC and we are proud to have her as part of our team.”

Sherly Joseph, counselor at the Kids Camp was quick to highlight her own experiences, learning from Barbara. Joseph said, “As a young professional, being able to work with Barbara is like sitting in a classroom. She is a reservoir of knowledge. She is always willing to share her skills and creativity while teaching those around her the value of working within this industry. She is like a mother to all of us.”

Barbara is never one to shy away from sharing life and professional experiences with those around her as she lives the company’s mandate of succession planning especially within her skilled area. “I’m always willing to encourage our younger employees – follow your dreams and ensure that as you work, seek to learn something new every day. I always say to them, invest your time and skills in what you do as you can only become a better professional with each experience,” Missick concluded.

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