Ellen DeGeneres has fans at UCLA Medical Center. But after visiting the hospital with a broken finger, she’s a bigger fan of staff and a nurse named Tammy.

Ellen DeGeneres at book Signing of ‘Seriously… I’m Kidding’! at Barnes and Noble at The Grove in Los Angeles in 2011. Photo via Wikimedia Commons

As detailed on her show Tuesday, she and wife Portia De Rossi were coming home from a dinner party. Having had two glasses of wine, DeGeneres tripped near the front door.

“The dogs were so excited to see us and I caught the lip of the top step. I was a foot away from the door and I fell into the door and it did something to my finger; I knew something was wrong,” she said.

“My first thought was, ‘No big deal; Obamacare will cover this.’ So, Portia drove me to the hospital — to the emergency room — and when I got there, of course, the receptionist had so many things for me to sign: a picture for her nephew, a T-shirt for her.

“No, they were wonderful. UCLA, thank you so much.”

Nurse Tammy showed DeGeneres an X-ray of her finger and said: ‘Don’t worry — this isn’t as bad as the last one I showed you,’ she said. On second thought, she said, ‘Maybe it is. I was wrong. It’s worse. I’m so sorry.’”

(A spokesman for UCLA Health said he couldn’t confirm or deny the DeGeneres account due to patient-confidentiality laws. Neither could he tell MyNewsLA.com whether she was treated at UCLA’s Santa Monica hospital.)

As she was leaving, DeGeneres said she went through the emergency room and saw lots of people looking at her.

“There was this one cute couple. They came up to me and he was like, ‘Can we get a selfie with you?’ I was like, ‘Yeah, sure.’ It’s like 12:30 now. So he and his girlfriend are sitting there getting a selfie and he says, ‘I hope you’re going to be OK.’ And I said, ‘I just dislocated my finger. What happened to you?’ And he goes, ‘I got hit by a bus’… I said, ‘Are you OK?’ He said, ‘Yeah, I think so…I don’t know. I may have a concussion.'”

Said the comedian: “He won the story.”

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