Guardian Group, SMMC partner for Men’s Health Day event Sat.

Guardian Group, SMMC partner  for Men’s Health Day event Sat.

Guardian Group Commercial Manager Wai Hing Patterson-Yee (centre) flanked by SMMC representatives Veronica Sirriram (left) and Shari de Riggs (right).

CAY HILL--Guardian Group has partnered with St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) for a Men’s Health Day event on Saturday, September 3, according to a press release on Friday.

  The event, geared towards raising awareness and the early detection of prostate cancer, offers insured and uninsured men above the age of 40 the opportunity to receive free prostate cancer screening.

  In addition to free prostate cancer screenings, all attendees can make use of free eye exams, free blood and glucose monitoring and free HIV testing, watch a live plant-based cooking demonstration and receive a wealth of information from partners like Social and Health Insurances SZV, Vital Health Dietician Practice, Collective Prevention Services (CPS) and Men’s Mental Health Awareness Foundation.

  Guardian Group will also be present during the event with information on its wide variety of insurance packages: health insurance, home insurance, travel insurance and life insurance. Commercial Manager St. Maarten Wai Hing Patterson-Yee said Guardian Group is committed to a corporate social responsibility vision that supports its regional business goals, as well as developmental and societal goals.

  “And when it comes to people’s health, we want to be involved and support causes to better our community’s chances at a healthy and happy life. The best way to a happy and healthy life is to make sure that you take care of your body. With men, prostate cancer prevention by regular screening is key.

  “We’re glad organisations such as SMMC take it upon themselves to create awareness, support and provide opportunities to everyone in our community. We thank SMMC for their work and the opportunity for us to give our support as well,” she continued.

  SMMC Communications Officer Shari de Riggs said, “This is our third year of organising this event with the Positive and Elektralyets Foundations and we are happy to have Guardian Group on board as we work to make healthcare more accessible and positively impact our community.”

  All men over the age of 40 are strongly encouraged to pre-register via email for the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test aspect of the prostate cancer screening before the event. Pre-registration can be done by sending an email to

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the patient’s name and date of birth.

  Prostate cancer screening is also available year-round at SMMC’s Urology Department and appointments can be made by calling (721)543-1111 extension 1379.

  SMMC thanked its partners for the event, including Guardian Group, St. Maarten Laboratory Services (SLS), Prime Distributors, SZV, CPS, Mental Health Awareness Foundation, Vital Health Dietician Practice, SXM AIDS Foundation, Freegan Foods Foundation, Positive Foundation and Elektralyets Foundation.

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