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Effective immediately, Support Groups hosted at Siskin Hospital may resume in-person meetings.

Because of COVID-19, all in-person group activities at Siskin Hospital were halted. Unfortunately, this included support groups that we have hosted for many years.
We’re happy to say that these restrictions have been lifted. However, the following protocols must be observed to ensure the ongoing safety of our associates and patients.

  • Support Group leaders must notify Tod Cain (tcain@siskinrehab.org) at least two (2) weeks in advance of the meeting.
    • The Siskin Hospital COVID-19 Mitigation Team will be made aware of the meeting
    • Meeting room accommodations will be properly set up
    • Our Marketing Department will be made aware of the meeting
    • The Screening Team will be notified and be prepared to allow appropriate support group members into the building
    • All persons participating in support groups:
      • Must be screened
      • Must wear Siskin Hospital-issued masks
      • Must maintain social distancing
      • Large groups may have to limit the number of people who attend and require members to sign up
      • Food and drinks will not be provided, as that would require the removal of masks

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Siskin Hospital understands the importance of camaraderie and encouragement when coping with a new or ongoing medical condition.

Siskin Hospital is proud to host or sponsor Support Groups that are designed to address the social, emotional, medical and legal issues facing community members and their families who may be experiencing chronic health conditions. 

To learn how you and your family can be involved in a support group, please email supportgroups@siskinrehab.org.

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ALS Support Group

When: Fourth Tuesday, 11:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
Where: Brainerd Baptist Church BX
Contact: Patty Lane, Director of Care Services, TN Chapter (423.803.6887)
Email: pat.flowers@alstn.org

Mission Statement:  Leading the fight to treat and cure ALS through global research and nationwide advocacy while also empowering people with Lou Gehrig’s Disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support.

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Chattanooga Adventurers and Assistance Dogs Social Group

When: Third Thursday, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Where: TBD
Contact: Amy Kerin 423.697.0957
Email: cadasocialgroup@gmail.com

Mission Statement: This is a social group for young adults/adults with disabilities and their Assistance Dogs. This is a great way for your Assistance Dog to meet new friends and get together monthly to enjoy different activities while making some lifelong friends! If you would like to work on some basic training touchups with your Assistance Dog, there will be a trainer at the meetings, so it’s a great way to keep your Assistance Dog working in style. This will also be a great way to advocate for people who have Assistance Dogs and educate the community on why they are a vital part of our lives!

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Chattanooga Area Brain Injury Association Support Groups

Contact: Lisa Morgan 423.602.7246
Website: www.cabiatn.org
Email: chattanoogabraininjury@gmail.com

Mission Statement: The Chattanooga Area Brain Injury Association (CABIA) offers multiple services for support, education, resources, information, advocacy, and “filling in the gaps” for survivors and family members. Services provided are free.

 For support, CABIA offers a virtual statewide group that meets every week. The meetings consist of guest speakers; education; resources; a caregiver group; art and recreational therapy; and fun times for socializing with other survivors and family members. CABIA also offers in-person support groups and opportunities.

For more information about our services, please contact Lisa Morgan at 423-602-7246 or email chattanoogabraininjury@gmail.com.

The CABIA office is located at 6319 East Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421.

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Epilepsy Foundation Support Group**

Contact: Mark Harvey
Email: mharvey@epilepsy-setn.org
Epilepsy Foundation Website: www.epilepsy-setn.org

Mission Statement: We strive to support and educate those of all backgrounds and ages who are affected by seizures. We begin with an educational speaker, then transition to open discussion between group attendees. It is also our hope that positive relationships and support nets will flourish as a result of our meetings.- Chattanooga Support Group

Chattanooga Support Group

When: First Thursday, 6:00 p.m.
Where: UTC Classroom, Outpatient Pavilion
**Please RSVP for meeting attendance, as we provide a light meal for attendees. 24

Currently cancelled due to COVID-19.

Cleveland Support Group

When: Second Thursday, 5:45 p.m.
Where: Tennova Healthcare (Bradley Room)
**Please RSVP for meeting attendance, as we provide a light meal for attendees.

Email for meeting information.

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Multiple Sclerosis Support Group

When: Second Tuesday, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Where: Wally’s Restaurant, 6521 Ringgold Road, East Ridge, TN 37412 (private room)
Contact: Jennifer, 919.602.8585
Email: MSChattgroup@gmail.com

Mission Statement: The National Multiple Sclerosis Society exists because there are people with MS. Our vision is a world free of MS. Everything we do is focused so that people affected by MS can live their best lives as we stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end MS forever.

There may be an option of having virtual meetings. Call Jennifer (919.602.8585) or email for more information.

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Parkinson’s Disease Support Group

When: TBA
Where: Siskin Hospital, Main Conference Center (2nd Floor)
Contact: Will Hutchinson 423.634.1578
Email: whutchinson@siskinrehab.org 

Mission Statement: This group exists to provide fellowship, information, and support to those individuals who have recently or long ago been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. Friends and family members are encouraged to attend as well. Through once a month meetings, friendships are formed in which true support for one another actually takes place. Additionally, the format of the meeting seeks to be centered around a presentation made by a healthcare professional or an individual with Parkinson’s Disease familiar with what you are or will soon be experiencing. Plenty of time is provided for asking questions and seeking new insight at each month’s meeting as well. If you are seeking a chance to learn from others while experiencing support and fellowship on your journey with Parkinson’s Disease, please visit this group. It is vitally important to know you are not the only one experiencing the challenges that Parkinson’s Disease presents on a daily basis. Please contact me if I can be of any help in any way!

Learn more about LSVT Treatment options for individuals who have Parkinson’s Disease.

June 21: We’re meeting via Zoom from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Please email prior to the meeting to receive the Zoom invite.

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Spinal Cord Injury Support Group

When: Quarterly and for special events.
Where: Main Conference Center (2nd Floor)
Contact: Taylor Campbell, OTD/OTR/L (group leader); Jorden Springer, DPT; Micah Peppers, COTA/L; 423.634.1542
Email: SpinalCordSupportGroup@siskinrehab.org

Mission Statement: We strive to improve the quality of life and independence of those whose lives have been affected by a spinal cord injury through education and support from peers. With assistance from various professionals, community resources, and client success stories, we hope to provide a useful tool for enhancing community participation. We want to equip individuals with SCI and caregivers with information to promote healthy living.

February 4: Virtual support group meeting via Zoom, 5:00-6:30 PM. Email for Zoom link.

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Stroke Support Group

When: Third Thursday, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Where: Siskin Hospital, Main Conference Center (2nd Floor)
Contact: Caitlin Fisher 423.634.1579
Email: cfisher@siskinrehab.org

Mission Statement: We strive to improve the quality of life and independence of those whose lives have been affected by stroke through education and support from peers. With assistance from various professionals, community resources, and client success stories, we hope to provide useful resources and encouragement that will enhance community participation, inspire new perspectives, and promote having fun. We aim to help equip stroke survivors and caregivers with information to promote healthy living. Friends and family members are encouraged to attend.

Please read the following information prior to attending the Stroke Support Group.

New Member Information

Stroke Group New Member Form

August 18: Our first IN-PERSON meeting is Wednesday, August 18 at 5:30 p.m. All attendees must wear a mask for the duration of the meeting. Masks are provided at the screening table as you enter the hospital.

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For more information on any of the Support Groups, please email supportgroups@siskinrehab.org.