These are Chattanooga's 2022 health care leaders that went above and beyond

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Every year, in preparing for our Champions of Health Care edition, we ask our readers to nominate those health care leaders who have done exemplary work in the fields of medicine and wellness.

And this year's response was no different than in years past. We were overwhelmed.

Our stack of nominations grew to almost 200 pages, filled with names from the best of the best in Chattanooga's health care industry.

Judges for this event didn't have it easy. With representatives from the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society and Chattanooga's three top health care systems -- CHI Memorial, Erlanger and Parkridge -- our panel was tasked with selecting 13 winners from the many nominees we received.

Sorting through these names and stories, one thing is clear. We are lucky to live in a community of so many dedicated health professionals.