The Illinois Academy of Family Physicians Recommends Flu Vaccines

February 17, 2017 § Leave a comment

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An alumnus of Loyola University Chicago with a BS in biology and Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine with a DO, Dr. Lamont Tyler serves as the medical director of OSF Medical Group in Bloomington, Illinois. Alongside his work in urgent care, Dr. Lamont Tyler maintains active membership with the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians (IAFP).

Established in 1947, IAFP provides resources in continuing education for family physicians. Its membership of more than 4,600 family physicians provides high-quality health care to people of all ages throughout Illinois.

Moreover, IAFP works through avenues in public outreach and advocacy. In recent years, it has centered on a campaign to promote vaccinations in the state. The flu vaccine, which is strongly recommended for most patients over the age of 6 months, represents the campaign’s focus.

Both IAFP and the Chicago Department of Public Health offer flu vaccines at no cost. To find a Fast Track Immunization Clinic, Chicago-area residents can call 311.

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Illinois Academy of Family Physicians to Host 2016 Annual Meeting

February 7, 2017 § Leave a comment

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A physician certified by the American Board of Family Medicine, Dr. Lamont Tyler leads the Specialty Physician Services department at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington, Illinois. Dr. Lamont Tyler maintains membership with the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians (IAFP), which will host its 2016 Annual Meeting in November.

The IAFP Annual Meeting features a wide assortment of opportunities for professional development and the exchange of ideas. Attending physicians and medical providers will participate in a variety of workshops for continuing medical education, exploring topics such as women and men’s health, pediatrics, HIV care, and asthma. Furthermore, the meeting will include knowledge self-assessment group study sessions and will serve as the host site for the IAFP Board of Directors meeting.

IAFP’s 2016 Annual Meeting will take place on November 11 and 12 at Northern Illinois University’s Naperville campus. For additional information on the meeting and registration details, visit iafp.com/iafp-annual-meeting.

Shopping at Goodwill Helps the Community

January 27, 2017 § Leave a comment

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Dr. Lamont Tyler is a specialist in the field of urgent care medicine. Since 2004, he has served as the medical director of specialty physician services at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Illinois. Outside of his professional career, Dr. Lamont Tyler supports various charities, including Goodwill Industries.

Goodwill Industries offers assistance to individuals seeking employment, regardless of their age or background. With programs for veterans, people with disabilities, youth, seniors, and those with criminal records, Goodwill helps prepare individuals for careers by connecting them with the education, language training, child care, and transportation they require.

Goodwill supports its career initiatives in part through its retail stores. The money spent at each Goodwill store remains in the store’s community, enabling customers to help local residents. Customers shopping at Goodwill stores receive low prices on thousands of pre-owned items, from home goods to clothing. In addition to saving on their own costs, these customers also help fund the many services Goodwill Industries offers, such as job placement and youth mentoring.

Goodwill stores also share regular news and tips on how to thrive on a budget and make the most of secondhand products.

Events Supporting the OSF St. Joseph Medical Center Foundation

September 20, 2016 § Leave a comment

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Dr. Lamont Tyler is a family and urgent care medical professional who has practiced for three decades. Since 2004, Dr. Lamont Tyler has served as the medical director of special physician services at Bloomington, Illinois’ OSF St. Joseph Medical Center.

One of 11 acute care facilities under the OSF Healthcare banner, St. Joseph Medical Center has been a part of the community of Bloomington-Normal since 1880. The center oversees the OSF St. Joseph Foundation, which focuses on furthering the medical achievements of the facility.

Each year, the Foundation hosts three events, the funds from which go directly toward advancement of the medical center’s programs and services. These events are:

1. The World Tour. Held each February, the World Tour takes attendees “around the world” to sample a wide selection of food and drink from all corners of the globe.

2. The Golf Scramble. Held every spring, the Golf Scramble treats participants to a day of golfing and shared meals.

3. The Crystal Ball. Taking place each November, the Crystal Ball features a live band, a gourmet dining experience, and an auction.

What Is Osteopathic Medicine?

September 6, 2016 § Leave a comment

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A physician with 30 years of medical experience, Dr. Lamont Tyler serves as a medical director at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Illinois. Dr. Lamont Tyler received his medical degree from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1986

The concept of osteopathic medicine was developed more than 100 years ago by a doctor named Andrew Taylor Still. The practice requires viewing the body as a whole, interconnected system during diagnosis and treatment.

Like medical doctors, or MDs, practitioners of osteopathic medicine (called DOs) assist patients with the healing of injuries and illnesses. An emphasis is placed on the promotion of health and the prevention of disease.

A holistic view of the human body is embraced through every step of osteopathic medical education. Students and professionals are encouraged to work with their patients to develop an integrative health-care approach.

One way in which DOs differ from MDs is in their use of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT). Through the manipulation of the patient’s joints and muscles–gentle stretching and pressure, for example–a DO can diagnose, treat, and even prevent various injuries and illnesses. OMT has been found to improve the outcomes of or replace surgical and prescription drug treatments.

Family Medicine – Providing Complete Health Care

August 26, 2016 § Leave a comment

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A member of the American Academy of Family Medicine, Dr. Lamont Tyler also serves as medical director at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center. Dr. Lamont Tyler is among the few physicians licensed to practice urgent care and family medicine in Illinois.

Family medicine combines skill, knowledge, and process with the goal of creating a physician-patient relationship, as opposed to the traditional physician-centered standard of care.

While a pediatrician takes care of babies and children’s health concerns, and an internist handles the medical needs of adults, a family physician covers the complete medical care of patients regardless of their age, sex, or condition. Family physicians provide appropriate care to patients throughout their lives, concentrating on their overall well being, both physically and mentally.

Family physicians are also in charge of examining a patient and recommending him or her to a specialist for further treatment, if necessary. They can also suggest preventive measures, such as routine checkups, immunizations, tests, and one-on-one health counseling.

OSF St. Joseph Foundation Opens Little Family Waiting Alcove

August 18, 2016 § Leave a comment

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For more than a decade, Dr. Lamont Tyler has served as part of the OSF St. Joseph Medical Center community. At present, Dr. Lamont Tyler functions as medical director of specialty physician services. OSF St. Joseph Medical Center benefits from the generosity of donors who support the center’s foundation, including Howard Little. Recently, the Dona and Howard Little Family Waiting Alcove was unveiled at the hospital. The room was made possible through a generous donation from Mr. Little.

Dona Little studied at the Kansas Conservatory of Music and sung professionally until she received a diagnosis of melanoma in 1998. After receiving the highest quality of care at OSF St. Joseph, she ultimately passed away in 2002. Howard, her husband of more than five decades, has remained a dedicated benefactor of the hospital since. His support has helped the facility continue to serve the medical needs of the surrounding community.

The alcove was named after Mr. Little and his wife in order to recognize the legacy he has already started at the facility through the first designated endowment for the OSF St. Joseph Foundation. The so-called Dona and Howard Little Innovation Endowment supports the Hybrid Operating Room and similar innovations. This project has already earned the label “operating room of the future” by implementing cutting-edge technology. The room will open in the near future and will allow diagnostic and surgical procedures to occur simultaneously.