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Support Groups

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 at Siskin Hospital, please call 423.634.1674 or email

ALS Support Group

When: Fourth Tuesday, 11:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
Where: TBD
Contact: Patty Lane, Director of Care Services, TN Chapter (423.803.6887)
Email: or

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.

**January: Please contact for this month's meeting location. Feel free to bring your lunch!

Bariatric Support Group

When: Second, Fourth and Fifth Monday, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Where: UTC Classroom in the Outpatient Pavilion
Contact: Erlanger's HealthLink, 423.778.2906

Bariatric Support Group meetings are for individuals scheduled to have Bariatric surgery or who have already had weight loss surgery.

**January 14 & 28: We hope to see you at one of our meetings! Please contact Erlanger's HealthLink for more information.

Chattanooga Adventurers and Assistance Dogs Social Group

When: Third Thursday, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: TBD
Contact: Amy Kerin 423.697.0957
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!

**January 17: We hope to see you at our meeting this month! Please contact Amy for information on the meeting location.

Chattanooga Area Brain Injury Association Support Groups

Contact: Lisa Morgan 423.634.1572
Mission Statement: CABIA is dedicated to providing the highest quality services in order to prevent and increase the awareness of brain injuries and to achieve optimal outcomes for brain injury survivors. Further, we are committed to advocating on behalf of brain injury survivors and their family members in order for them to achieve the highest quality of life. 

- Chattanooga Support Group
When: Third Tuesday, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: Siskin Hospital, Main Conference Center (2nd Floor)

**January 15: Come join us for an inspiring and supportive night as we kick off the New Year! Guest speaker Michelle Hecker Davis will share some "Brain Training Activities" that will be fun and helpful for all who attend! Questions? Call 634-1572 or email.

- Cleveland Support Group

When: Third Monday, 6:00 p.m.
Where: Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church
3405 Peerless Road, Cleveland, TN 37312

**NO MEETING IN JANUARY: Happy Martin Luther King Day. Stay warm and we'll see you in February! Questions? Call Lisa at 634-1572 or email.

- North Georgia Support Group**
When: Second Tuesday, 6:00 p.m.
Where: The Jimmy Simpson Foundation
9558 North Highway 27, Rock Spring, GA 30739
**Please call for Meeting Times, Dates & Locations.

Epilepsy Foundation Support Group**

Contact: Sedara Bond, Event & Funding Coordinator: 423.634.1772
Epilepsy Foundation Website:
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
 First Thursday, 6:00 p.m.
Where: TBD
**Please RSVP for meeting attendance, as we provide a light meal for attendees.

**January 3: Pharmacist Tom Rawls will speak to us about medications. RSVP to or call 634-1773.

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

**January 10: Join us for this month's meeting! For more information and to RSVP, contact Sedara Bond by email or call 634.1772.

Lymphedema Support Group

**The Lymphedema Support Group will no longer be meeting at Siskin Hospital. For more information on the Lymphedema Program, please call 423.634.1246 or email

Parkinson's Disease Support Group

When: First Tuesday, 5:00 p.m.
Where: Siskin Hospital, Main Conference Center (2nd Floor)
Contact: Will Hutchinson 423.634.1578
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!

Please click here to learn more about LSVT Treatment options for individuals who have Parkinson's Disease.

**NO MEETING IN JANUARY:  Happy New Year! We'll see you in February.

Scleroderma Support Group**

When: Meetings will be held at various times during the year.
Where: Siskin Hospital, UTC Classroom (Outpatient Wing, first floor)
Contact: Linda Chaff 423.886.6000 or 423.718.8873
Mission Statement: The Chattanooga Scleroderma Support Group is an active support group that holds meetings at various times of the year for patients, families and friends of those affected with Scleroderma. We seek to increase awareness of the disease, provide education, raise funds for the latest research and treatments, and help patients and their support teams meet the physical and emotional needs of coping with this disease. The Chattanooga Support Group is part of the Tennessee Chapter of the National Scleroderma Foundation.

Meetings are scheduled when announced or when a member wishes to host a meeting in his/her area in Chattanooga or another area besides Chattanooga, such as Cleveland. There are several members in the Cleveland area. Even without regularly held monthly meetings, there are many ways we stay in touch, help each other, learn, and provide support for Scleroderma patients, families, caregivers, and friends. Here are a few ways and we hope you will join us:

  • The Chattanooga Scleroderma Facebook page. This is an excellent social media presence that our member, Angela Bledsoe, manages. I hope you will connect and visit it regularly and like it and share it. If anyone is interested in helping get resources, notices, photos, etc. for the page, and provide to Angela, I’m sure she would love your help.
  • The Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma walk in Nashville in June. Several members usually go to the walk.
  • The Scleroderma Foundation's Annual National Patient Education Conference in July. Members attend and bring back invaluable resources they share.
  • I am always available by phone or email to visit or answer questions along with other members.
  • Our state president, April Simpkins, is a great resource.
  • The Scleroderma Foundation is an excellent resource and can be accessed online or by telephone.
  • There are a number of health fairs and other events regularly scheduled in the Chattanooga and surrounding areas and this is a great way to learn.
  • Siskin is an outstanding resource for care, including occupational therapy, physical therapy, and water therapy. Siskin also works with us on meetings and does a great job of marketing the meetings and providing a comfortable meeting room and any details requested.

Spinal Cord Injury Support Group

The Spinal Cord Injury Support Group is no longer meeting monthly, but is continuing as a mentorship program led by therapist Jorden Watson.

When: TBD
Where: TBD
Contact: Jorden Watson, 423.634.1542
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. 

Stroke Support Group

When: Third Thursday, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Where: Siskin Hospital, Main Conference Center (2nd Floor)
Contact: David Barron 423.634.1579
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.

**January 17: Hope to see you at this month's meeting! We'll be celebrating the holidays with light refreshments and games.

For more information on any of the Support Groups, please call 423.634.1674 or email