Dr. Lamont Tyler, an urgent care and family medicine physician, splits his time between serving as a physician at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, medical director of OSF Medical Group, and clinical assistant professor at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Outside of his professional responsibilities, Dr. Lamont Tyler supports several organizations, including the American Diabetes Association.
In September, the American Diabetes Association (ADA), an organization that funds diabetes research and delivers services to those affected by diabetes, partnered with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) to expand the Camp PowerUp program. Camp PowerUp combines CHLA’s expertise in diabetes prevention and treatment with the ADA’s experience in providing programming to quell the growth of incidence rates of type 2 diabetes among adolescents and children.
Camp PowerUp accomplishes this through a blend of wellness education and physical activities. Designed to show young individuals how healthy habits can impact their life, the community-based program relies in part on CHLA’s Kids N Fitness curriculum, a family-centered, outcomes-based program for kids between eight and 16 years of age. It also hosts weekend retreats and camps that allow the American Diabetes Association to reach and serve people through churches, schools, and other established sites.
Two Camp PowerUp programs were hosted by the ADA in 2014. In 2017, its partnership with CHLA makes it possible to host 14 programs.
Dr. Lamont Tyler, a clinical physician, is the medical director of specialty physician services at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington, Illinois. In the business of saving lives, Dr. Lamont Tyler shares the same vision as the American Red Cross.
The American Red Cross was established in 1881 by Clara Barton, a nurse and a humanitarian. Upon returning home from the Civil War, Barton campaigned for the establishment of a humanitarian organization to help people injured in war. For 23 years, Barton led relief efforts in the United States and overseas.
Today, the American Red Cross focuses its efforts on specific programs, such as services for veterans. The organization serves as a bridge between veterans and national resources to provide veterans the assistance they need.
Specifically, the Red Cross assists veterans in filing claims for benefits by coordinating with the Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA). Members of the Red Cross also volunteer in military hospitals to assist veterans as they go through rehabilitation.
Dr. Lamont Tyler serves as the medical director of OSF Medical Group in Bloomington, Illinois. In addition to his work in urgent care, Dr. Lamont Tyler actively supports the efforts of health-centric organizations such as the American Red Cross (ARC).
ARC works to prevent and alleviate suffering through volunteer efforts. The nonprofit provides blood, food, shelter, and other necessary services when disaster strikes.
In January, ARC responded to the southern states impacted by adverse weather conditions. More than 60 tornadoes hit populated areas across Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, and Mississippi during one weekend, affecting 1,100 homes and causing many families to be temporarily displaced.
ARC responded with emergency shelters, response vehicles, and supplies. More than 30,000 meals and 8,000 relief items went out to residents as they sought refuge in shelters or worked to repair their homes. Workers also helped connect affected residents to appropriate health care and disaster mental health services in their area.
Dr. Lamont Tyler is the medical director of OSF St. Joseph Medical Center and a previous host of the Doc Talk radio show. Beyond his responsibilities at OSF St. Joseph, Dr. Lamont Tyler supports nonprofit organizations such as United Way, which administers a number of community-oriented programs and connects people with local resources through its 2-1-1 service.
A confidential, no-cost help line, 2-1-1 offers information and support to people across the country and refers callers to local organizations that provide essential health and human services. The organizations in its network cover a wide spectrum of service areas and provide resources for domestic, health, financial, and disaster-related circumstances. Individuals who utilize the help line receive access to information about supplemental food and nutrition programs, veteran services, support groups, addiction prevention, and shelter and housing.
The help line operates via phone and computer platforms, and dialing the toll-free number connects callers to highly trained community resource specialists in their area. For additional information on the 2-1-1 service, visit the official website at 211.org.
A licensed urgent care and family medicine physician, Dr. Lamont Tyler serves as the medical director of OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington, Illinois. Dr. Lamont Tyler supports medical-related causes such as blood donations. In 2015, OSF St. Joseph Medical Center partnered with the American Red Cross to host a drive for blood donations and transfusions.
With an average of 5.6 million blood donations annually, the American Red Cross serves as the largest blood collection organization in the United States. The organization's blood donors come from all walks of life and, after registering, undergo an interview and a health checkup.
Blood donations may be divided into two special categories, depending on who donates. Patients may contribute their own blood for their surgery, as prescribed by a physician. If not used during surgery, the stored blood will be discarded. This is called an autologous donation. Alternatively, upon the recommendation of a physician, a patient’s friend or relative may provide what is known as a directed donation. Such donations are tested and may be made available to others if not used by the patient for whom they were intended.
Outside of his work as medical director of specialty physician services at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Dr. Lamont Tyler provides support to a number of charitable organizations. One of the organizations that Dr. Lamont Tyler supports is United Way, the world’s largest privately-funded nonprofit. Recently, the nonprofit organized a Day of Action on June 21, a single day for thousands of people in more than 300 communities around the world to come together and make a lasting impact. Day of Action takes place in states across the country and in more than 20 nations.
Each United Way independently decides which activities to undertake during Day of Action, but all organizations rallied around a national focus on nutrition and summer learning. In too many communities, children go hungry and remain academically under-stimulated throughout the summer moths. One of the primary goals of the United Way is childhood well-being, and this year’s Day of Action introduced thousands of people to the summer programs that they can support by volunteering.
These programs make a real, tangible difference in children’s lives. For example, an organization in Toronto brings fresh food to low-income neighborhoods through the Mobile Good Food Market, and another organization in Massachusetts is creating summer camps for low-income communities that incorporate literacy activities.
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.