Alan Faith, RN, works as the trauma program manager at UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s, in Sioux City, Iowa. His colleagues consider him a hero as do many of his patients and neighbors. As a result of his efforts, Alan received the Iowa Hospital Hero Award. Only 12 nurses receive this award each year.
Alan wears many hats. In the eyes of community members, patients, and children, he wears many heroic capes. As a career trauma nurse he works with many patients needing critical care. As a result, he gained a passion for trauma and injury prevention.
Alan’s co-workers joke that “if you ever want to see Faith, you just need to turn on the news. He is constantly educating the public with everything from what to do when you experience heart attack symptoms to how to properly wear life jackets and helmets.” Alan does not stop with education. He created “life jacket loaner stations.” These provide kids with life jackets to use at local swimming areas.
Alan dreams of the day when emergency departments never treat people for preventable traumas or injuries. His heroic, courageous and selfless efforts helped St. Luke’s move much closer to that reality.
The Iowa Hospital Association honored Alan for courageously and selflessly contributing to Iowa hospitals and his community. Accepting the award, Alan noted that nurses don’t expect recognition for the work they do. He said, “It’s an honor to be recognized by my peers for the work that I do. It’s not just me, however, it’s the whole community that does this work.”
We are delighted to share Alan’s story and those of other Everyday Heroes. Alan is an ordinary person whose courageous heart made him an extraordinary nurse. If you know someone like Alan, let us know. We’d like to share their story as well.
~Michael and Frida Donner