But is there a doc­tor in the arena?

Modern Healthcare - - OUTLIERS ASIDES & INSIDES -

Ur­gent-care physi­cian and hockey fan Dr. Pa­tri­cia Hig­gins got a taste of her own type of medicine af­ter an en­counter with a puck dur­ing a re­cent Stan­ley Cup fi­nal game be­tween the Chicago Black­hawks and Bos­ton Bru­ins.

“I was pay­ing at­ten­tion to the game the whole time and I heard the slap shot and knew the puck was com­ing into our area,” said Hig­gins, a Black­hawks fan with 11th-row sea­son tick­ets who works at May­wood, Ill.-based Loy­ola Univer­sity Health Sys­tem. “I looked up from the ice and the puck smashed me right in the face.”

Hig­gins said she felt blood on her fore­head and couldn’t see a thing. Nearby fans do­nated their pro­mo­tional rally tow­els to help stop the bleed­ing. A para­medic told her she was be­ing taken to the first-aid sta­tion, but Hig­gins re­called that she said they bet­ter take her to a hos­pi­tal in­stead. Hig­gins said it was a cou­ple of hours into her visit at Rush Univer­sity Med­i­cal Cen­ter be­fore they knew she was a physi­cian, and then the doc­tor apol­o­gized for ex­plain­ing her in­juries and their treat­ment in sim­ple lay­man’s terms. “I said, treat me like a pa­tient, that’s what I am right now.”

Hig­gins re­ceived no­to­ri­ety when a neigh­bor, Chicago ra­dio per­son­al­ity Steve Dahl, posted a pic­ture of her wounded face on­line. She then re­ceived a visit from an­other neigh­bor, Black­hawk Hall of Famer Stan Mikita, who gave her an au­to­graphed jersey (or “sweater,” as hockey play­ers call it) with the note “Thanks for tak­ing one for the team.”

Hig­gins suf­fered lac­er­a­tions that “went down to the bone” and said she still has headaches and the vi­sion in her right eye is still hazy. But the doc says she feels lucky that the in­jury wasn’t worse and the team’s pro­mo­tional give­away worked in her fa­vor. “If they gave away bob­ble-heads, it would not have helped as much as the rally tow­els prob­a­bly,” she said.

Black­hawks Hall of Famer Stan Mikita gave Hig­gins an au­to­graphed jersey to help ease the pain of her hockey in­jury.

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