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 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.
Dr. Paul Miranda is the Medical Director at Hearth’s Georgia location. Dr. Miranda is a family medicine doctor in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Hutcheson Medical Center and Memorial Health Care. He received his medical degree from University of South Alabama College of Medicine and has been in practice between 11-20 years. He is one of 12 doctors at Hutcheson Medical Center and one of 37 at Memorial Health Care who specialize in Family Medicine.
Dr. Subhash Virani is the Associate Medical ​Director at Hearth’s Tennessee location. Dr. Subhash Virani, MD is an internal medicine doctor who had practiced medicine in Chattanooga, TN for over 22 years. Dr. Virani is affiliated with Memorial Hospital.
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.
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.

Meet Our Management Staff:

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.
Melissa C. Stewart, RN, native of Chattanooga, is the Administrator at Hearth Hospice of Georgia. Melissa has over 18 years of healthcare experience, 12 of those years in nursing, with the last 5 years in Clinical Management and Operations. Melissa graduated from Chattanooga State Technical Community College in  2008 with an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing. Melissa was a pioneer and clinical instructor at the Dedicated Education Unit at Erlanger Hospital, in downtown Chattanooga, in partnership with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. During her time at Erlanger Melissa received the “Care Champion” Award for her exemplary care of a hospice patient while under her care. Melissa has managed the clinical operations of 10 Morning Pointe assisted living communities throughout the southeast of the nation. In 2017, she returned to her first love, hospice. In her free-time, she devotes herself to her husband, two boys, and 3 dogs.
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.
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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