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Mike Oppenheim

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In his regular column "The Life of a Hotel Doctor", Mike Oppenheim shares remarkable stories around visiting hotel guests as a doctor. When he began as a hotel doctor during the 1980s, only luxury hotels had a “house doctor,” usually a local practitioner who did it as a sideline. Nowadays, in a large city even the lowliest motel receives blandishments from a dozen individuals plus several agencies that send moonlighting doctors if they can find one. “Hotel” doctors often acquire hotels by dropping by to extol their virtues to front desk personnel, perhaps with the promise of a tip.

Articles by Mike Oppenheim (139)

As If I Didn't Need Reminding - The Life of a Hotel Doctor

Well OK. she said. I could sense her reluctance. She had assumed I'd see her in my office. If guests want an office visit, I know colleagues who will accommodate them, and I often take the hint. But I love visits for suture removals. They're easy, and guests appreciate the convenience.When ...

Another Bullet Dodged - The Life of a Hotel Doctor

The guest I had seen the previous day was found dead, I learned from the manager of a downtown hotel.A hotel doctor's worst nightmare is a patient dying in the room after he leaves. This has never happened to me although several died soon after I sent them to the hospital. It ...

Another Arab Prince - The Life of a Hotel Doctor

It seemed a routine visit for an upset stomach until I knocked at what turned out to be the penthouse suite of a Beverly Hills hotel. The man who answered identified himself as "the prince's personal assistant." I followed him into another large room where the prince, an elderly ...

A Dog-Eat-Dog Business - The Life of a Hotel Doctor

I was delighted to receive a call from a large Beverly Hills hotel that hadn't called in years.While I was attending the guest there was a knock. The guest was not dressed, so I opened the door and found myself face to face with one of the young entrepreneurial doctors who have ...

Calling Paramedics - The Life of a Hotel Doctor

If you want reach a hospital as fast as possible, get in your car and drive.Paramedics are slower. They're essential if a problem might be life-threatening or requires special handling such as a hip fracture. They sometimes transport even if their expertise isn't required, but ...

The Life of a Hotel Doctor - A Miracle

The sales manager of the Hyatt Regency was preparing to address a convention of tourist agencies when her head turned to the right and stuck.I had no idea what to do. Her head seemed immovable. She was in perfect health. Hysterical conversion was a possibility, but I was too ...

The Life of a Hotel Doctor - A Serious Liability

After shaving, a guest at the Ramada in Beverly Hills reached for a hairbrush and struck his nose on a clothes hook with enough force to bring tears to his eyes and blood to his nose. He noticed that the hook had been installed at nose level -- clearly a poor design decision ...