About Us

Our Mission:
Our mission is to deliver highly personalized care of the highest quality to patients and their families experiencing chronic and terminal illnesses.

Our Values:

  • Compassion: We listen, we care, and we strive to fully understand our patients’ needs.
  • Integrity: We are honest and ethical in our delivery of care.
  • Excellence: We strive to surpass the expectations of our patients and their families.
  • Creativity: We value creativity in providing the best qualify of life for each individual.
  • Diversity: We encourage awareness and respect for diversity.

Tom Poteet Jr., a Chattanooga local, understands the importance of family and the care they receive. Tom was born in Flintstone, a small town in North Georgia. He began his career in healthcare as a teenager. The early years of his career were spent working for larger corporations as a nursing home administrator and vice president of a home health and hospice. He eventually left the corporate machine to found his own healthcare companies where he could be personally involved in every aspect of the business. Now with 25 years of experience under his belt he is still running Hearth based on the same concept: Provide exceptional care to patients and their families.


Meet Our Doctors and Nurse Practitioner:

DrZeigler2Dr. Donald Zeigler is the Associate Medical ​Director at Hearth’s Tennessee location. Dr. Zeigler received his medical degree from Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine​ ​and completed his residency at​ ​University of Tennessee College of Medicine at Chattanooga. He has been practicing medicine for over 1​7​ years and ​uses expertise to assist Hearth’s staff in providing excellent care.​
HortonColor1Dr.​ ​William Horton is the Associate Medical Director at Hearth’s Georgia location. Dr. Horton is a Mississippi native. He graduated from Delta State University with a medical technologist’s degree and supervised a hospital lab for a time before deciding to go to medical school. He attended West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, where he chose to specialize in internal medicine. He and his wife have been married for 28 years and they have three daughters and one son. He takes pride in his family and marriage, and is grateful for the time he spends with them.
WayneRichey1Dr. Wayne Richey is the Medical Director at Hearth’s Georgia location. Dr. Richey grew up in rural Kentucky, moving to Georgia in 1987 to attend college at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Georgia State University.  He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and pursued a medical degree at the Medical  College of Georgia in Augusta, GA. After graduating with his MD in May 2000, he moved to Rome, GA, and completed the Family Practice residency at Floyd Medical Center in 2003 with an emphasis on rural medicine. He has practiced at Redmond Family Care in Trion, GA, for the last 13 years, and is active in his church and community, including service with his Trail Life USA troop.  Dr. Richey resides in Armuchee, GA, with his wife, Jamie, and has 3 children.
bosshardtDr. David Bosshardt is the Associate Medical Director at Hearth’s Tennessee and Georgia locations. He is board certified in hospice and palliative medicine and available daily to coordinate with your healthcare team, including daily visits to area hospitals. This allows unparalleled access to physicians by your healthcare team.
Griffey2Diane Griffey is Hearth’s Nurse Practitioner. Diane has almost 20 years experience as a nurse including over 5 years in hospice. She is board certified nationally by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as an Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. When she isn’t working at Hearth, she spends time with her 2 kids and new puppy while finishing up her MBA.

Meet Our Administrators:

Tiffany Hobbs1Tiffany Hobbs, NP-C is the Executive Director at Hearth Hospice.​ ​Tiffany has over 12 years experience as a registered nurse and over 4​ ​years experience as a hospice Nurse Practitioner and Director of​ ​Operations.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree​ ​from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and her Master of​ ​Science in Nursing degree from Southern Adventist University.  She is board​ ​certified nationally by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners​ ​Certification Program as an Adult Nurse Practitioner.  As a leader and​ ​advocate for hospice quality and compliance combined with her love and​ ​responsiveness to​ ​patients and families, she is well equipped to manage, coordinate and​ ​deliver exemplary hospice care.
April Moore1​April Moore RN is the Clinical Director at Hearth’s Georgia Location. April has over 20 years experience as a nurse. After a personal experience with hospice, April decided to experience hospice from a different side by working in the field. April started as RN case manager in August of 2015 then was promoted to Clinical Director in September of 2016. April loves her patients and their families as her own. When April is not working at Hearth her time is devoted to her husband and two sons.
Tina O'Quinn1Tina O’Quinn RN is the Clinical Director at Hearth’s Cleveland​, TN​ location. Tina has more than 12 years experience in the healthcare field where she initially started as a CNA and moved into the clerical setting before attending nursing school in Alabama. As an RN, Tina has spent time in the hospital setting, long-term care and hospice. She began her hospice career as a field nurse/case manager​a​ ​ before transitioning into administration. Tina enjoys hospice because she feels it is a privilege to walk this journey with someone ensuring they have the best care possible and to leave their families knowing they were well taken care of and loved. When not at work, Tina enjoys spending time with her family and church​ community​. Tina strongly believes in putting her faith in Jesus Christ first as she has seen first hand the miracles God can perform.
Betty Blevins2Betty Blevins RN is the Clinical Director for Hearth’s Chattanooga, TN location. She has been a registered nurse for 15 years, including nine years in hospice care. She believes it is an honor to care for someone during his or her end of life journey. She lives in South Pittsburg, TN and loves spending time with her three children​;​ Madelyn, Ethan, and Allison.

Meet Our Meet Our Community Liaisons:

Our liaisons go above and beyond to make sure you are informed of all your hospice options. They are excellent communicators and are always available to answer your questions.
Lorinda Thompson1 Lorinda Thompson is Hearth’s ​Hospital​ Liaison. She i​s a local Chattanoogan​​​ ​who enjoys​ spending time with ​her​ family, running, hiking, or any​ other​ outdoor activity​. To contact Lorinda please email her at lthompson@hearthhospice.com.
worley2Cathy Worley is Hearth’s Georgia Liaison. When Cathy isn’t dispensing her hospice expertise she is busy working on her music. To hear her beautiful voice click here. To contact Cathy please email her at cworley@hearthhospice.com.
Lindsay Brooks2Lindsay Brooks, RN is Hearth’s Tennessee Liaison. Lindsay has experience as a RN case manager in Georgia and over 10 years experience in hospice. When she isn’t working she is spending time with her four kids. To contact Lindsay please email her at lbrooks@hearthhospice.com.
Kelli H2Kelli Harless, LPN is Hearth’s Tennessee Liaison. She has 20 years experience as an LPN in geriatrics, skilled nursing, home health and of course hospice. She is an active member with the Alzheimer’s Association and avid sports fan. To contact Kelli please email her at kharless@hearthhospice.com.

Our Founder

Founder2Founded by Dr. Deanna Duncan, Hearth Hospice is the only physician-founded hospice in the Chattanooga and North Georgia area. Dr. Duncan, a national expert in hospice and palliative care, founded Hearth based on the belief that “a small hospice provider can provide the most personalized, expert care. The best organizational structure is one that puts the fewest obstacles between the patient and their providers.” Dr. Duncan was given a “hospice diagnosis” in 2013 when she was told she had stage 4 cancer and she only had months to live. After beating cancer into remission she decided in 2015 to retire from the Hospice business and spend more time enjoying her life outside of work. Dr. Duncan continues to be an inspiration to the pursuit of excellence at Hearth Hospice .

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