The annual BizTimes Media Health Care Heroes Awards salute the impact and accomplishments of people and organizations that are making a positive difference in the community on the front lines of health care. A breakfast awards program was held in their honor on Dec. 8. In this special section, we share their stories to call attention to their efforts and innovations. The Health Care Heroes Awards profile stories were written by Alysha Schertz. The photos were shot by Troy Freund Photography and Paul Gaertner of White Dog Photography.