Mission & Service
Palliative Care is a special type of care designed for those who are chronically ill and individuals dealing with multiple illnesses. We work to maximize a patient's comfort while minimizing symptoms of an incurable, progressive disease or diseases.
The goal of palliative care is to help individuals maintain their routines and day-to-day life as much as possible. Palliative care is often referred to as "comfort care" because of its attention to improving the patient's quality of life and relieving suffering. Unlike hospice care, a patient can still seek curative treatments when he or she is enrolled in the Palliative Care Services care program. Our parent company, Hospice of Chattanooga, offers hospice services for patients with a prognosis of six months or less.
When treating you, our goal is to help you control your pain and symptoms, understand what options you have for medical treatments, give you the ability to better deal with those treatments and keep you out of the local emergency room.
Another thing you will find in our Palliative Care program is that there is regular communication between you and the medical staff to deal with changes in conditions that might affect your treatment options.
And if there is ever the need, we have staff who can work with you on planning advance directives to make sure your wishes are followed.
Chief medical officer
Greg Phelps M.D.
Dr. Phelps joined Hospice of Chattanooga in June of 2016 as Chief Medical Officer. He was previously Medical Director at the University of TN Medical Center Hospice in Knoxville, TN. He is a 1979 graduate of the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Phelps did his residency and internship in Family Medicine at Anderson Memorial Hospital. In 2009 he completed a Fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine through the University of Louisville. Dr. Phelps is Board Certified in Family Medicine, Preventive Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
MERCER UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE (1979)
• Board Certified in Family Medicine, Preventive Medicine and Hospice & Palliative Medicine
• 2009 - Completed a Fellowship in Hospice & Palliative Medicine through the Univeristy of Louisville.
Marissa Warden, MSN, FNP-C
Marissa primarily sees patients in their homes but also sees patients in local hospitals. She has been with Hospice of Chattanooga for eleven years, spending the last two working with Palliative Care Services as well.
She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with her Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (2001) and of Southern Adventist University with her Master's of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner (2015).
Marissa lives in Ooltewah with her husband and daughter. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends outdoors, on the lake and at various sporting events, especially UT football games. She is an active member of Ooltewah United Methodist Church.
For our care partners
Palliative Care Services is pleased to present educational opportunities for healthcare professionals on Palliative Care.
Our board-certified physicians can present programs to physicians and/or clinicians at hospitals, clinics, and medical offices, care facilities or to a community group/civic club.
To have someone come and explain Palliative Care, simply call our speakers bureau at 423-892-5104.