A state board approved a certificate for Dr. Deanna Duncan to open an additional hospice in the Chattanooga area during their monthly meeting on Wednesday.
The Health Services and Development Agency board voted seven to three in favor of allowing Duncan to open Hearth LLC on Rossville Avenue. The nonresidential hospice would serve nine Tennessee counties and is projecting to serve 76 patients the first year and 212 patients the second.
Duncan, who had previously worked at Hospice of Chattanooga, said she believes a small hospice provider who knows the work as well as she does can provide more personalized care.
Mariann Martin covers healthcare in Chattanooga and the surrounding region. She joined the Times Free Press in February 2011, after covering crime and courts for the Jackson (Tenn.) Sun for two years. Mariann was born in Indiana, but grew up in Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Belize. She graduated from Union University in 2005 with degrees in English and history and has master’s degrees in international relations and history from the University of Toronto. While attending Union, ...