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SubAcute Rehabilitation

Siskin Hospital's SubAcute Rehabilitation Program offers personalized skilled nursing care in the region's leading physical rehabilitation hospital.  

Siskin Hospital's SubAcute Rehabilitation Program is the only skilled rehabilitation/nursing program in Chattanooga consistently receiving five (5) overall stars from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid in Nursing Home Compare.

The SubAcute Rehabilitation Program is a unique program designed to provide patients with an interdisciplinary therapy program that is less intensive than traditional comprehensive inpatient treatment.

Providing exceptional nursing and therapy care is our top priority. As a higher-functioning skilled nursing unit, patients get the rehabilitation care needed to return to an active lifestyle. Siskin Hospital's SubAcute Unit provides an outstanding level of attention to patient needs.

The SubAcute Unit's Skilled Nursing Rehabilitation Program is CARF certified, ensuring an excellent record of care. Additionally, the SubAcute Rehabilitation Program has been recognized several times in the U.S. News and World Report's Top 100. 

Commonly, patients who are the most appropriate for the SubAcute Rehabilitation Program have conditions related to:
  • Orthopedic surgery, including joint replacement surgery
  • General deconditioning
  • Mild stroke and neurological disorders
  • Elective spine surgery

Patients in the SubAcute Rehabilitation Program will be evaluated by a treatment team operating under the leadership of a physiatrist. Each patient is treated holistically by therapists trained to address specific components of rehabilitation. Together with the family, professionals in the fields of speech-language pathology, rehabilitation nursing, as well as physical and occupational therapies, work with the patient toward achieving their best outcomes.

In addition, patients have access to other areas of expertise within the hospital, including clinical nutrition services, psychological counseling, and case management services. Dr. David Bowers serves as the Medical Director for Siskin Hospital and the SubAcute Rehabilitation treatment team. Learn more about Siskin Hospital's Medical Treatment Team.

The SubAcute Rehabilitation Program is goal oriented, with the expected outcome of returning patients to their homes and families. 

The goals of the program are specific to each patient and injury, but overall are aimed at restoring, enhancing, and supporting the patient's maximum level of independence. The expected outcome for the SubAcute patient is a return to home and a productive, full life. We accomplish this by providing an individualized rehabilitation plan for each patient, keeping in mind unique needs and functional goals.

For patients who are weakend and recovering from an extended hospitalization, the program builds endurance and prepares them for comprehensive rehabilitation services. Learn more about the Inpatient Rehabilitation Program.

A SubAcute patient's average therapy day would likely consist of two or three hours of physical therapy, occupational therapy, and/or speech-language pathology instead of the four to six hours a day typical of comprehensive rehabilitation programs such as Siskin Hospital typically provides. Siskin Hospital SubAcute patients have rooms in Siskin Hospital's West location - with its own therapy gym.

Your private room awaits in the SubAcute Unit! 

Siskin Hospital’s SubAcute Rehabilitation Program is located on two dedicated floors of the facility with a private therapy gym area. Patients in this program also have access to extensively equipped therapy areas within the hospital.

Additionally, ALL of the SubAcute Unit rooms are newly remodeled private rooms and include a private bath. Each room features a microwave and refrigerator. Learn more about the Deluxe and Mini Suites.

The end result is that Siskin Hospital’s SubAcute Rehabilitation Program is effective, cost-efficient physical rehabilitation. It is ideal for individuals who could benefit from moderate levels of therapy and who have a goal of returning home to lead productive lives.

Our Subacute Mission:

Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation is committed to providing a wide range of patient-centered high quality services along a continuum of care, including quality rehabilitation services in both our inpatient and subacute settings, 24-hour skilled nursing services, and outpatient rehabilitation.

To learn more about Siskin Hospital's SubAcute Rehabilitation Program, please call 423.634.1200 or email

Visit the Admissions page for more information about becoming a patient at Siskin Hospital.