Unity Point Health registered nurse receives Iowa Hospital Hero award

Alan Faith is the only Sioux City recipient this year

SIOUX CITY, Iowa - In a sea of faces, Alan Faith's is the one that stands out. 
 
"For some, heroes are bigger than life, however, for many of us, heroes are those who reached out to us in a time of need," says Lynn Wold, president of Unity Point Health Saint Luke's. 
 
A hero. Or "trauma faith" as he's known by at Unity Point Health. 
 
"Alan Faith has been chosen as a recipient of the 2017, Iowa Hospital Association Healthcare Hero," says Wold. 
 
The only person in Sioux City to be honored with this award. 
 
"To put it simple, Alan Faith deserves this award because he has been a hero to me, my hospital and our community," says Aftan Phipps, clinical educator. 
 
He's spearheaded programs to help kids in need like donating life jackets and helmets...
 
"I've had the pleasure of working with him for the last five years and his work is astounding," says Phipps. 
 
..and provided to countless individuals during times of need.
 
"The respect and professionalism he displays for the individuals he encounters in all areas of his work is unwavering. Their reward was in the faces of the happy children and the thanks from the mothers and fathers who will hopefully never have to bring their children here due to a head injury," says Phipps. 
 
"Alan is hands down one of the best representatives of a hospital or ER that I have ever met. Alan personifies what hospital personnel should be:a willingness to help, a desire to educate, and the attitude of positivity, and teamwork. Alan should easily win this award in my opinion," says Terry Ragaller, Siouxland Paramedics. 
 
"Alan Faith does so much for Unity Point Health Saint Luke's. Alan is a caregiver, a leader, an educator, an advocate for great health care. Alan Faith is genuinely a nice person," says John Jorgenson, Iowa Donor Network. 
 
"In my opinion, Alan deserves this award because of his passion in leadership and nursing and injury prevention," says Tami Graves, ER manager. 
 
But Alan...
 
"Honestly, it's not just me. It's the whole community that does this. They've all been very supportive of every idea that I've had. That includes EMS, administration, the hospital, so it's not just me," says Alan Faith, award recipient.
 
...unsurprisingly...
 
"I don't think, even now, he understands how many people he touched. He's definitely my favorite nurse, always has been," says Sherrie Faith, Alan's wife.
 
...is humble despite receiving such a prestigious award. 
 
"He's dedicated, he's compassionate. How can you not be moved when you think about all the great things that he's done," says Phipps. 
 
It is apparent that in a sea of faces Alan Faith's is the one that stands out. 
 
"It's rewarding," says Faith. 
 
 
 

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