Trauma Center and PICU: Lifesaving care for the whole family


With a Level I
Trauma Center and a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, FMC has the services to keep families together when emergencies occur.


KAFF radio morning host, Jenny Brawn, her 15-year-old son, Evan, and her 11-year-old daughter, Caroline, were traveling to Dewey to visit the children’s grandparents when the family’s car was struck head-on by another vehicle.


“The driver who hit us was going so fast that I only had time to put my foot on the brake,” Brawn said. “The next thing I remember was hearing the emergency crews discussing different hospitals and their plans to separate us. I said ‘Please let us go to the same place.’ Someone on the scene made the call to send us to Flagstaff Medical Center, and that person is our hero.”


An Extra Level of Care

When kids are involved in a traumatic event, beyond the initial care they receive by the trauma team, they need an extended, high level of care. The combination of FMC’s Level I Trauma Center and the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) allowed the Brawn family to first receive emergent life saving care, and then allowed them all to remain in Flagstaff. The PICU provided critical care for Evan and Caroline while Jenny was cared for just down the hall.


“Without the presence of the PICU, the children would have been transferred out of the community,” said John Duong-Tran, M.D., pediatric intensivist at FMC. “Being separated can add another dimension of trauma to an already upsetting situation.”


Peace of Mind

“I was transported by ambulance to FMC. Because my kids were sent by helicopter, they arrived at FMC and were already being cared for when I got there,” Brawn said. “I was able to be near my children. I want to thank FMC for being there for us. I didn’t have to worry about being separated.”