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Siskin Hospital is 30!

February 19, 2020

Siskin Hospital is pleased to announce its 30th year of service to the Chattanooga community.

Siskin Hospital emerged from the vision and generosity of two philanthropic brothers, Mose and Garrison Siskin. That vision continues with the wide range of physical rehabilitation programs and services available today from Tennessee’s largest acute rehabilitation hospital.

“We are working to ensure Siskin Hospital continues to thrive,” says Dr. Matthew Gibson, president & CEO, “so that transformative care can continue to be delivered to those in need across the organization at all of our campuses for another 30 years and beyond.”

Siskin Hospital opened its doors as the first freestanding, not-for-profit rehabilitation hospital in Tennessee built specifically for rehabilitation patients. It remains Tennessee’s only not-for-profit rehabilitation hospital, offering an all-inclusive campus, as well as off-campus locations, dedicated to meeting a wide variety of rehabilitation needs.

Since admitting its first patient in February 1990, Siskin Hospital has since helped thousands of patients return to active, fulfilling lives. From an initial plan for a 50-bed hospital to today’s 130-bed facility, Siskin Hospital has expanded its levels of care and specialty services to provide for the physical rehabilitation needs of the growing and changing Chattanooga community and surrounding areas and has become a destination hospital for out-of-state patients looking for special rehabilitation technology or services.

From one offsite outpatient facility in 1996, Siskin Hospital now offers outpatient therapy services at two facilities in East Brainerd and Cleveland, with a third to open this spring in Hixson.

Timeline of significant events:

  • 1988: Robert Main is hired as Siskin Hospital’s first President & CEO.
  • 1990: Siskin Hospital admits its first patient.
  • 1996: First offsite outpatient facility opens.
  • 1997: Siskin Hospital opens its Brain Injury Community Re-entry Services Program.
  • 2000: First patient is admitted to the SubAcute Rehabilitation Program.
  • 2002: Siskin Hospital is awarded the Non-Profit Organization of the Year Distinction.
  • 2003: Siskin Hospital hosts its first-ever Possibilities fundraiser.
  • 2006: The 27,000 square foot Outpatient Pavilion opens at the main campus.
  • 2007: The Siskin Hospital Health & Fitness Center, accommodating clients at every fitness level or ability, opens.
  • 2010: State-of-the-art Stroke Center opens.
  • 2011: State-of-the-art Brain Injury Wing added.
  • 2014: Carol Sim becomes Siskin Hospital’s second president & CEO following Robert Main’s 26 years as the longest-tenured healthcare CEO in Chattanooga.
  • 2014: Siskin Hospital acquires St. Barnabas.
  • 2018: Siskin Hospital becomes Tennessee’s largest acute rehabilitation hospital.
  • 2020: Dr. Matthew Gibson becomes Siskin Hospital’s third president & CEO following Carol Sim’s six-year-tenure.

Siskin Hospital offers all private patient rooms and has specialized Inpatient treatment programs in brain injury, stroke, spinal cord injury, amputee, orthopedics, neurological disorders, and major multiple trauma, among other illnesses and disorders.

The experienced and dedicated staff at Siskin Hospital guides patients with the most innovative and successful rehabilitation programs, services, and equipment available in the Chattanooga area. For 30 years patients have received healing, hope, and independence through our philosophy of Caring People. Changing Lives.®