Elvis’ Old Patient Room Recreated
(Memphis) You’ve heard of Graceland and Sun Studios, but how about the room where Elvis used to be seen by a doctor?
Believe it or not, Elvis fans line up to see that too, even though the room is just a re-creation.
At the Baptist Medical Group, they say there are about 60 rooms in the building, but none of them as popular as the Elvis Room.
“We have patients that will wait on this room,” said Dr. Mark Castellaw.
It may not be the original, but it’s close enough for Elvis fans who want to absorb a little history with their health check-up.
“Our original office was at 1734 Madison,” said Dr. Castellaw. “Dr. Nichopoulos was his doctor.”
“The gold records are nice, the picture of Knox Phillips over there, whose daddy discovered Elvis,” said George Klein, sitting in the room. “And that’s an original Sun Record label up there.”
When Elvis was alive, Dr. Castellaw says the star had a special room at Baptist Medical Group in Midtown.
“After he passed away, his nurse put some pictures in that room.”
Six years ago, the clinic moved to East Memphis. So did Elvis’s room.
“They made blue suede tile and we dedicated this room so we could put memorabilia,” said the doctor.
“We met in the 8th grade in Humes High School in the exact same class,” said Klein.
People like Klein, Elvis’ long-time friend, have donated more memorabilia.
“The collars are turned-up and our hair is greased back and that was rock and roll,” said Klein describing one of the pictures on the wall.
Klein says it’s also the only room he goes to when he sees a doctor.
“I enjoy coming over here and I tell everyone about the Elvis room and I think they are lined up in the lobby because they want to come into this room.”
For him, it’s a trip down memory lane.
“That picture has been around the world, I am telling you.”
For others, just another way to get a little closer to the king of rock and roll.
“I think there are people that are really dedicated Elvis fans and they want to see and take in as much of they can of Elvis especially while they are here in Memphis,” said Dr. Castellaw.
If you want to be seen in the Elvis room and you have an appointment at the Baptist Medical Group, they say all you got to do is ask and hope the wait is not too long.
Dr. Castellaw says he knows of at least two people from Holland and Germany who plan to stop by and check out the Elvis room during Elvis Week.