SubAcute Rehabilitation

SubAcute Rehabilitation

The SubAcute Rehabilitation Program offers personalized skilled nursing care in Tennessee’s largest acute rehabilitation hospital.


Medicare 5-Star Designation

Siskin Hospital’s SubAcute Program is recognized by Medicare as a five-star provider.

Baldrige Excellence Award

Siskin Hospital’s SubAcute Program received the 2019 Bronze AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award. This award is given for demonstration of intent to begin a rigorous quality improvement program.


Recognized by U.S. News & World Report as among the nation’s top 15 percent of Short-Term Rehabilitation facilities
Voted by the Chattanooga Times Free Press as “Best of the Best” in Skilled Nursing


Our SubAcute Rehabilitation Program at Siskin Hospital West specializes in short-term rehabilitation at the skilled and SubAcute level, with a commitment to returning you to the community at your highest possible level of function and independence.

The SubAcute 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, you will get the rehabilitation care you need to return to an active lifestyle.

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

In the SubAcute Rehabilitation Program, you will be evaluated by a treatment team operating under the leadership of a physiatrist. You will be 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 you toward achieving your 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.


The SubAcute Rehabilitation Program is goal oriented, with the expected outcome of returning you to your home and family. 

The goals of the program are person-centered and are aimed at restoring, enhancing, and supporting your 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, keeping in mind your unique needs and functional goals.

If you are in a weakened condition and recovering from an extended hospitalization, the program builds endurance and prepares you for comprehensive rehabilitation services.

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 you 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 spacious private rooms and include a private bath. Each room features a refrigerator. 

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’s SubAcute Program is committed to providing a specialized rehabilitation program with a wide range of patient-centered, high-quality services aimed at restoring, enhancing and attaining the maximal level of independence. We will nurture and advance a culture of caring, commitment and pride, exceeding the expectations of those we serve and those who serve.

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

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