Take me to Herriman Emergency Center: They're ready for my family
As an employee of Herriman Emergency Center, Shaina Tycksen didn't hesitate to take her son there when he broke his arm.
“It’s nice to know it’s right here in Herriman. It may be small, but it can handle our emergencies. I say, ‘Take my family to Herriman Emergency Center’ because I know they’re here, they’re capable and they’re ready.”
- Shaina Tycksen
Mother of three, Shaina Tycksen, finished her graveyard shift at the Herriman Emergency Center and crawled in bed for some shut eye before her birthday began and before taking her preschooler to his first day of school — but injuries don’t pay attention to what day it is, what time it is or how tired Mom feels.
When Shaina saw the school’s name on her ringing cell phone, a pit plopped in her stomach. When they said why they were calling, it grew bigger. “The school nurse said, ‘I have Turner in the office with me and he has a broken arm.’ As a CT tech, I thought, ‘Oh great! It must be bad if she can already tell it’s broken,’” Shaina said.
Shaina bolted to the school, where she found six-year-old Turner sitting in the office, tears streaming down his face, clutching his recess-related injury. Right away, Shaina confirmed the nurse’s observations.
“It was very crooked and hanging there in the middle of his arm. You could see right where the break was because it bent at a 30- or 40- degree angle,” Shaina said.
Herriman Emergency Center: Local, friendly, high-quality care
Even though he sat in pain, sweet Turner had hope in what was coming next. He had already told the school staff that he’d be in good hands because his mom was an “X-T tech.” Shaina serves as a CT and X-ray tech, and she swooped Turner up and took him to visit their friends at Herriman Emergency Center.
“We walked right in and there was only one patient before us,” Shaina said. “Mark and Brittany were our nurses that day, and they took great care of us.”
Being an X-ray tech at the 24/7 freestanding emergency center, Shaina helped place Turner’s arm for the imaging and stayed nearby. Then, after reviewing the images, Dr. Trent Mueller, a board-certified emergency physician, explained the need to realign Turner’s arm bones to ensure proper healing.
“We are in the heart of a growing city, with lots of young families moving out here, so we see a lot of pediatric patients at this emergency center. Everyone here does their job very well, so I knew Turner was in the right place,” Shaina said. “Nurse Mark was super awesome with Turner, explaining exactly what he was going to do right before doing it. Dr. Mueller did a really good job with the alignment, and Turner handled it like a champ.”
24/7 emergency care means help with whatever happens next
After a week in a splint and then an appointment with an orthopedic specialist, Turner received a hard cast that stretches to his armpit. He’s worn the cast for about a month so far, but it doesn’t slow him down. Like life, Turner, Shaina and their family keep moving full speed ahead. And with life moving so quickly while raising three youngsters, Shaina recognizes that she’ll likely need to call on the comprehensive, high-quality care at Herriman Emergency Center again.
“It’s nice to know it’s right here in Herriman. It may be small, but it can handle our emergencies. I say, ‘Take my family to Herriman Emergency Center’ because I know they’re here, they’re capable and they’re ready,” Shaina said.