2022 Champions of Health Care: Debra Moore, administrative excellence

Making rounds, listening and helping staff and patients are key to Deb Moore’s work at CHI Memorial Hospital

Staff photo by Olivia Ross / Debra Moore is the winner of the Administrative Excellence award for the 2022 Champions of Health Care.

Debra Moore says she has always wanted to be a nurse, so she can help other people when they need it most.

After moving to Chattanooga at age 4, she was raised by three strong women -- her mother, aunt and grandmother -- and Moore has followed in those footsteps throughout her career at Chattanooga's CHI Memorial Hospital.

For most of her 35 years there, although she has not been directly involved in delivering patient care -- she says she enjoys helping those who do, by serving in a variety of leadership roles.

"It was a lifelong calling for me to be a nurse," she says. "And now I have the privilege of taking care of people who take care of other people."

Moore ultimately rose through the ranks and even headed CHI Memorial as interim CEO briefly in 2008.

"I've