Robert Main Announces Retirement

April 26, 2013

Chattanooga, TN – Robert P. Main, President and CEO of Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation, has announced his plans for retirement effective January 31, 2014, after 26 years of service.  The announcement was made at the April 24, 2013 quarterly Board of Directors meeting at Siskin Hospital.  

“In October 1987, I began my career at Siskin Hospital as its only employee.  Because of an outstanding staff committed to quality care and a supportive community, Siskin Hospital has become the region's rehabilitation hospital of choice with an excellent national reputation.  I was given a rare opportunity to design, build and staff Siskin Hospital from the ground up, an opportunity for which I am profoundly grateful,” said Main.

Siskin Hospital Board Chairman, Robert O. Best, said, “Under Bob's expert guidance, vision, integrity and service, Siskin Hospital is known locally and nationally as a leader in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation.” 

Tennessee Hospital Association President, Craig Becker, said of Main's retirement, “Chattanooga is fortunate to have someone of Bob Main's quality as CEO for 26 years.  Bob is known for his dedication to his patients, his employees and the community he serves.  In a time where healthcare leadership frequently changes, Main is the longest tenured healthcare CEO in Chattanooga and throughout much of the state.  He is a true leader and champion of rehabilitation.  Under his direction, Siskin Hospital is a jewel to both Tennessee and to the nation.” 

Main has served on numerous boards and committees at the local, regional and national level, and has received countless awards and recognition throughout his 47-year career in healthcare.  In 2011, he was named the Chamber of Commerce's Chattanooga Area Manager of the Year. Most recently, he was awarded with the 2013 Baroness Erlanger Foundation's Distinguished Community Honoree Award and the 2013 American Hospital Association's Grassroots Champion Award.

Main is looking forward to the next phase of his life and spending more time with his family.  “It is now time for a new leader to continue our mission and take Siskin Hospital to the next level,” Main said.  He has been working with the Board's Executive Committee for the past year developing a plan for the orderly transition of the leadership of Siskin Hospital.  A national search firm has been retained to assist in recruiting Siskin Hospital's next President and Chief Executive Officer. 

Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation is dedicated exclusively to physical rehabilitation and offers specialized treatment programs in brain injury, amputation, stroke, spinal cord injury, orthopedics, and major multiple trauma. Siskin Hospital is the only freestanding, not-for-profit rehabilitation hospital in Tennessee and is accredited by both The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). For more information, please visit