A Protestant Christian church, the Salvation Army is better known for its charity work and thrift stores that benefit the underserved. In order to better the quality of life for citizens of the world, the Salvation Army funds a number of programs. Here is a list of some:
Missing Persons: The primary purpose of this program is to reunite family members who wish to find each other.
Youth Camps: Catered toward children of low-income households, these youth camps give children a chance to socialize and enjoy the outdoors. Camp activities include swimming, scouting, arts and crafts, and athletics.
Adult Rehabilitation: The Adult Rehabilitation Center was founded in 1881 to help adults re-assimilate into society. Many adults who seek the assistance of the Center have backgrounds in homelessness, unemployment, and substance abuse.
Elderly Services: The Salvation Army strives to provide ease and fun to the lives of the elderly by offering educational classes, hot lunch programs, pre-retirement seminars, and day care. The nonprofit also sponsors social activities, such as senior camping.
About the author: Dr. Lamont Tyler is an avid supporter of the Salvation Army. He is also one of Illinois’ top family physicians.
A graduate of the Chicaco College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Lamont Tyler leverages more than two decades of professional medical experience to treat patients at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center’s PromptCare clinic in Bloomington, Illinois. Additionally, Dr. Lamont Tyler offers his professional medical insight each week on Doc Talk, his radio show on Cities 92.9 FM.
Each week, Dr. Tyler discusses such common medical concerns as strep throat, a bacterial infection of the throat that, when not treated sufficiently, can cause complications affecting the kidneys, joints, or even heart. While often associated with children and most commonly seen in individuals between the ages of 5 and 15, strep throat can affect patients of all ages. Its symptoms include fever, swollen tonsils, and swollen or tender lymph nodes. Strep throat typically does not occur with a cough.
Caused by an extremely contagious bacteria, strep throat can be transmitted via air or even shared objects. For this reason, group settings such as workplaces or schools pose a relatively high risk for strep. Physicians generally prescribe antibiotics to treat a strep infection, and patients are considered to no longer be contagious after 24 hours of treatment. Strep patients typically receive a prescription for a 10-day antibiotic course and should take care to complete it--even if they begin feeling better--to avoid such complications as scarlet fever or kidney inflammation.
As Medical Director of OSF St. Joseph Medical Center’s PromptCare, Dr. Lamont Tyler takes pride in the diverse array of services offered to all individuals on a walk-in basis.