Serving the needs of patients in the Central Illinois area, Dr. Lamont Tyler functions as the medical director of the OSF Medical Group’s Eastern Region Specialty Physician Services. Dr. Lamont Tyler maintains American Board of Family Medicine certification and is experienced in diverse aspects of health care, including respiratory infections.
The most common acute illness examined within an outpatient setting, upper respiratory tract infections (URIs) encompass everything from life-threatening epiglottitis to the common cold. The cause is one of approximately 200 viruses that inflame membranes of the nose and throat.
Reactions to URIs by the body’s immune system include sneezing and coughing, as well as the production of extra mucus. Additionally, the nasal lining may swell, which in combination with mucus, makes breathing challenging.
URIs are particularly common among young children, with six to eight a year common among those under the age of 6. By adulthood, this number has decreased to on average two to four occurrences annually. Avoiding URIs involves not holding objects touched by those with colds in close proximity to the mouth, nose, and eyes. In addition, physical distance from people with colds helps, as viruses can be contracted by breathing in small particles of infected material that stick to nasal membranes.
Currently working as the OSF St. Joseph Medical Center Medical Director, Dr. Lamont Tyler advanced to his position after two years in the urgent care division. Dr. Lamont Tyler is a member of the American Academy of Family Medicine and the American Academy of Urgent Care Medicine (AAUCM).
Based in Orlando, Florida, the AAUCM is a nonprofit organization that contributes to the scientific research needed to improve the inclusive quality of health care. As a group that supports progressing the urgent care medicine practice, this society is comprised mainly of physicians, nurse practitioners, and assistant physicians.
In 2015, the AAUCM announced that it partnered with the American College of Medical Scribe Specialists (ACMSS) to provide AAUCM members with specific urgent care scribe courses. AAUCM members now receive discounts on ACMSS membership, which aids in gaining certifications. Medical scribes are essential in the industry for keeping accurate and detailed clinical documentation for reference and compliance issues.
Currently serving as the medical director of OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Dr. Lamont Tyler is a clinical physician focusing on acute care and urgent care. A medical graduate of Midwestern University in Illinois, Dr. Lamont Tyler holds membership in professional organizations such as the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians (IAFP).
An organization dedicated to education, advocacy, and promoting the wellbeing of Illinois residents, the IAFP supports family physicians and the communities they serve. Every December, the IAFP helps lead a statewide effort to encourage people to get a flu vaccine.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that up to 49,000 people per year die from flu-related factors in the United States. The illness is highly contagious, which is why medical professionals strongly recommend getting vaccinated to prepare for the winter flu season. Along with getting a flu shot, people can take help prevent spreading the flu by washing their hands with soap and water frequently and avoiding contact with people who are sick.
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.