Dive Into Reading!

This year, at Family Medicine Center, we will be offering a reading program, by an Orton-Gillingham Associate in training. The Orton-Gillingham approach helps children who struggle with reading, writing and spelling. Each child will receive multisensory one to one instruction.

If your child is a struggling reader or you just want your child to build on their reading skills over the summer, a tailor made program will be made using the Orton-Gillingham approach, in order for your child to develop and build on:

  • Letter recognition
  • Phonic awareness skills
  • Reading Fluency
  • Rhyming and syllable awareness skills
  • Sight word recognition
  • Reading Comprehension

Session 1: July 4th-20th   |   Session 2: August 7th-25th

$500 for Five (1-Hr Sessions)  |  FREE Initial Assessment Included

Open to Children Ages 5-13


Easter Hours

Family Medicine Center,
Diabetes Education Network
& the Family Medicine Center Pharmacy
will be closed for the Easter Holiday

Friday, April 14 – Good Friday (closed)
Saturday, April 15 – Holy Saturday (closed)
Monday, April 17 – Easter Monday (closed)

We will re-open:
Tuesday – April 18, 2017 at 8:30am

FMC Collaborates With Centre for Digestive Health to Increase Availability of Gastrointestinal Services

[Nassau, The Bahamas] — Comprehensive gastrointestinal services are now available at Family Medicine Center clinic on Blake Road, as a result of a new collaboration with The Centre for Digestive Health.

Through the new working arrangement, Dr. Harold Munnings and Dr. Flloyd Carter of The Centre for Digestive Health are able to make their services more accessible to people on the western side of New Providence. Specialist consultations, colonoscopy and other services are available.

“This collaboration brings significant benefits to patients,” said Dr. Graham Cates, medical practitioner and founder of Family Medicine Center.

“We are pleased to work with the Centre for Digestive Health, a medical operation that offers high quality, patient-centered care. Dr. Munnings shares our vision for comprehensive healthcare. We welcome the opportunity to work closely with him, Dr. Carter, and their skilled medical team, to expand our services and provide the best care possible for patients.”

Robert Green, was the first person to receive healthcare services under the new collaboration, undergoing a routine colonoscopy last week. Mr. Green, a regular patient at FMC, was happy to see the new services come available at the medical facility located on Blake Road.

“The Family Medicine Center out west where they performed the procedure was very convenient and I did not have to deal with the downtown traffic or parking. It was also very close (two blocks) from where I live,” said Mr. Green.

“This is the second colonoscopy I’ve had in the last 12 years with the first in Dallas, Texas. This colonoscopy went very smooth! The preparation prior to the procedure went just as planned. The morning of the procedure was great, I showed up at 10am.  Once called, we went upstairs so Nurse Cooper could get me ready for Dr. Munnings. It was painless and fast.  After a few minutes I fell asleep, then woke up thinking I was still waiting for the procedure until I saw the clock and realized that they had finished.  After a few more checks I was cleared to go home and I felt great!”

Both Family Medicine Center and the Centre for Digestive Health are innovative leading medical operations.

“Dr. Graham Cates is a fine doctor and a visionary, who is moving to fill a crying need for high quality and comprehensive medical services in western New Providence,” said Dr. Harold Munnings, Gastroenterologist and founder of The Centre for Digestive Health.

“The Family Medicine Center, which he operates, is one of the the finest medical facilities in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. Dr. Carter and I are happy to join the team and make our specialist services available at this location”.

Family Medicine Center was founded with a focus on a whole-life approach to healthcare, specialising in physical, mental and emotional well-being – offering the only full health and wellness service that integrates wellness education with medical support such as labs, medication, nursing and psychology.

The Centre for Digestive Health has been a leader in gastroenterology in The Bahamas since 1997, providing expert consultation, evaluation and treatment in all aspects of gastrointestinal, pancreatic and liver disease in both adults and children.

The collaboration between Family Medicine Center and the Centre For Digestive Health is reflective of both organisations’ commitment to improve patient care. For more information visit: and

Caption: Left to right: Gilda Cooper RN, Nela Evans, Donnae Ross, Dr. Harold Munnings, Robert Green, Dr. Graham Cates and Ge’Ann Hilton at The Family Medicine Center clinic on Blake Road.

Dramatic Rise in Colorectal Cancer in Younger Adults

An American Cancer Society study has found that rates of colorectal cancer (CRC) have risen dramatically in younger adults (younger than 55 years). The increase in incidence is seen particularly among the so-called Generation X (persons born from the early 1960s to the early 1980s) and millenials (persons born from the early 1980s to the early 2000s).

Three in 10 CRC diagnoses now occur among people younger than 55 years, and rates among young and middle-aged adults have returned to what they were for people born around 1890, say the authors.

“People born in 1990 now have double the risk of colon cancer and quadruple the risk of rectal cancer compared to people born around 1950,” first author Rebecca Siegel, MPH, of the American Cancer Society, in Atlanta, Georgia, told Medscape Medical News.

Read more: full article on MedScape

A Gift For Kaylee To Help Treat Diabetes At Home


Six-year-old diabetic Kaylee Hanchell will be able to have her blood sugar levels diagnosed at home after the donation of a life saving device by CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank.

CIBC donated a Dexcom Continuous Glucose Monitoring System to ACE Diabetes, a local diabetes association, through the Family Medicine Center, who selected Kaylee and her parents, Kareem and Shelisha Hanchell, to receive the system.

The advanced glucose monitoring system is a life-saving diabetic device that will help Kaylee, who was diagnosed with diabetes at three, as it more accurately monitors and predicts blood sugar levels.

“It was a sad day when my wife and I learned that Kaylee was diabetic; we knew we had to do whatever was necessary to ensure that Kaylee remains happy and healthy, which was now dependent on her blood sugar levels,” said Kareem Hanchell.

“Our cost of living went up due to bills for medication, hospital visits and healthy food. CIBC FirstCaribbean and all parties involved have definitely been a blessing to us because we would not be able to afford this advanced blood sugar testing system on our own, and we feel so happy that we are now able to monitor Kaylee’s glucose levels right at home.”

Dr Graham Cates, president of ACE Diabetes, said “When we look at the world overall, the Bahamas is leading in the prevalence of diabetes in the entire world.” ACE Diabetes was established to address the overwhelming need in the Bahamas for diabetes awareness and daily self-management education of the illness.

Dr Cates and Nurse Specialist Practitioner Anita Cates, of the Family Medicine Center, have been guiding Kaylee and her parents through the process of managing her diabetes since she was diagnosed.

Atlantis Paradise Resort also joined CIBC in this initiative by donating a two-month supply of sensors to be used with the Dexcom machine with proceeds donated by ACE Diabetes.

“Our community assistance programmes meet many different needs. It is always a little more heart-warming when we can help the younger ones,” said Maya Nottage, marketing manager for CIBC FirstCaribbean.

Caption: Nurse Specialist Practitioner Anita Cates, of Family Medicine Centre, (bottom left) presents the Hanchell family with a Dexcom Continuous Glucose Monitoring System and donated by CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank and a two month supply of sensors donated by Atlantis Paradise Resort. Top, from left, are Marketing Manager for CIBC FirstCaribbean, Maya Nottage; Dr Graham Cates, of Family Medicine Center; and Associate Director of Special Events at Atlantis Paradise Resort, Anitha Bulter.

Healthy Family, Happy Family!

family-medicine-center-health-check-upsWe know you cherish the health of your family. So invest in it to ensure your family stays strong, healthy and happy.

Roughly 70% of illnesses can be prevented if detected early enough.

Be sure.

Prevention is better than cure.

Ensure a healthy tomorrow!
Schedule check-ups today
for yourself and your family.

Why Schedule A Health Check-Up?

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So, why get a health check up now?

Did you know that roughly 70% of health problems can be PREVENTED if diagnosed early enough? Regular health check-ups can help to make sure you really are as healthy as you feel.

Prevention is better than cure.

Schedule your check-up today
to ensure a healthy tomorrow

Make A Resolution To Be Healthy This Year

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Did you know that roughly 70% of health problems
can be PREVENTED if diagnosed early enough?
Maybe you already feel great, but a health check-up
can help to make sure you really are as healthy as you feel.

Prevention is better than cure.

Schedule your check-up today
to ensure a healthy tomorrow