Hospice of Chattanooga, Ringgold
Creating a Connection
You could say that Dr. Christopher Greene wears many hats – and that’s exactly how he prefers it. In addition to his work as a family medicine doctor with CHI Memorial Family Medicine, Dr. Greene delivers comprehensive hospice and palliative care at Hospice of Chattanooga’s Ringgold location. “In my different roles, I manage a wide range of conditions, which is fun,” he shares. “My patient family has become dear to me – I love my patients with the love of Jesus. My faith is important to me and to many of my patients.” When he’s serving the older population, Dr. Greene has found that a smile and laughter go a long way in connecting with his patients. He adds, “Taking the time to listen and address their concerns makes all the difference in connecting with and comforting the patient.”
Medical College of Georgia – Augusta, GA
Board-Certified, American Board of Family Medicine
1. What’s the most rewarding part of your profession?
I am a family medicine doctor with over 25 years of experience in a group of wonderfully supportive colleagues and staff members.
2. What is your best advice for patients?
Make sure you have a good relationship with your medical provider and good communication and rapport with both the provider and staff. Make sure you have communicated your issues clearly to your provider.
3. Why did you choose to become a doctor?
Family tradition would be the earliest reason I can recall. We go back to the 19th century; my great-grandfather, William Jackson Greene, graduated from a medical school in Chattanooga and started practicing in the late 1800s.
4. What accolades mean the most to you?
I am proud to be a medical doctor, but being a father and husband are the most important accolades to me.
5. What is your philosophy when it comes to the care of your patients?
Human touch connects us on many levels. Physical touch and contact, like a hand on the shoulder, creates a strong connection. In a primary care family medicine setting, always remind your patient that they are going to improve – reassure them and provide hope. In a hospice setting, provide a ministry of love and care for those patients.