Dr. Lamont Tyler currently serves as the medical director of specialty physician services at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center. Alongside his career, Dr. Lamont Tyler supports the American Diabetes Association, which offers information about topics such as testing for diabetes.
If a patient has high blood glucose levels, he or she has a risk of developing diabetes. A doctor can diagnose prediabetes by measuring blood sugar, but a second test provides greater accuracy in diagnosis. Three common types of tests used for diagnosis are the A1C, FPG, and OFTT:
The A1C test can measure the patient's average blood glucose from the past two to three months. With this test, a normal blood sugar range lies under 5.7 percent, a prediabetic level is between 5.7 and 6.4 percent, and a diabetic level is at 6.5 percent or higher.
The Fasting Plasma Glucose (FPG) test requires the patient to fast (not eat or drink anything except water) for a minimum of 8 hours prior to taking the test. Normal results from this test include anything under 100 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dl), while a prediabetic result falls between 100 and 125 mg/dl and a diabetic result is over 125 mg/dl.
The Oral Glucose Test (OFTT) measures a patient's blood sugar over two hours. The OFTT determines the blood glucose level at the beginning of the session and then two hours after the patient drinks something sweet. The OFTT aims to determine how the body processes glucose. A normal result is less than 140 mg/dl at the end of the two hours, while a prediabetic result falls between 140 and 199 mg/dl and a diabetic result is 200 mg/dl or more.
A supporter of the American Red Cross and the American Diabetes Association, Dr. Lamont Tyler has served as medical director with OSF St. Joseph Medical Center's PromptCare clinics for over 10 years. Also a member of the American Academy of Urgent Care Medicine, Dr. Lamont Tyler understands the importance of physician leadership in high-stress situations.
Physician leadership is vital for both the patient’s health and the well being of the physician’s staff. More than delegating tasks, effective leadership creates fellowship among the staff and harmony in the whole office environment.
- Set the standard. The best leaders lead by example. Take on an extra task when asking staff to do the same, and follow through. Staff members are more likely to commit to a project if they see management in a similar situation.
- Acknowledge the team. Rather than assuming he or she is an expert on all subjects and aspects of the office, the physician should draw on the knowledge of all staff members, as they work in the systems every day.
- Communicate. Clarity and consistency allow the physician to be understood and give staff members a set of achievable goals. At the same time, listen to the staff to address problems and foster a sense of cooperation.
A doctor of osteopathic medicine with board certification in family medicine and urgent care medicine, Dr. Lamont Tyler practices in Bloomington, Illinois, where he serves the Order of St. Francis’ St. Joseph Medical Center as a member of its staff and the medical director of its prompt care program. Heavily invested in the affairs of his community, Dr. Lamont Tyler supports several philanthropic endeavors, including Goodwill Industries.
Founded in Boston in 1902, Goodwill originally hired and trained people without means to repair and mend for resale, if not their own use, used goods and clothing. In this simple business model, the philosophy of “a hand up, not a handout,” was born. Today, Goodwill is a visible presence in thousands of communities nationwide, using the proceeds of sales to train and rehabilitate people for a successful return to the workforce. According to Goodwill’s website at www.goodwill.org, someone now earns a decent job with Goodwill’s help every 33 seconds of every business day.
In the more than 110 years since its humble beginning in Boston, Goodwill has grown into a major business. More than 80 million people in the U.S. and Canada contributed clothing or other goods to Goodwill for resale in its stores, which collectively reported nearly $5 billion in annual revenues. More than 80% of revenues are reinvested in local communities in the form of programs and services.
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.