At Siskin Hospital, the same vision and generosity that built our strong foundation allows us to serve our patients with the best possible physical rehabilitation programs and services today.
The Siskin Legacy
Two Men. One Vision. Thousands of lives changed forever.
In Chattanooga, physical rehabilitation is synonymous with Mose and Garrison Siskin, philanthropic brothers who experienced tragedy in their lives and knew physical rehabilitation firsthand. They established the area’s first outpatient physical rehabilitation facility in 1957, and later a preschool for children with special needs. But both men passed away before seeing their greatest dream fulfilled – a comprehensive physical rehabilitation hospital where the disabled could learn to live life to its fullest.
When you give to Siskin Hospital, 100 percent of your gift goes to provide programs and services that are vital to healing patients’ body, mind, and spirit.
Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation was recently recognized for our transparency with a 2019 Gold Seal on our GuideStar Nonprofit Profile!
We are so grateful for our donors who partner with us to help fund new technology and equipment, while making it possible for Siskin Hospital to provide thousands of dollars annually in charity care for those without adequate insurance to cover the cost of their treatment.
With the changes in TennCare and Medicare substantially decreasing reimbursement for rehabilitation, we need your help to continue to offer various specialized programs and services at Siskin Hospital.
Siskin Hospital Timeline
Siskin Hospital admits its first patient.
Siskin Hospital opens its first offsite outpatient facility.
Siskin Hospital opens its Brain Injury Community Re-Entry Services Program
Siskin Hospital admits its first patient to the SubAcute Rehabilitation Program.
Siskin Hospital is awarded the Non-Profit Organization of the Year Distinction.
Siskin Hospital hosts the first-ever Possibilities fundraiser event, which has now raised $2.9 million for charity care.
Siskin Hospital opens its 27,000 sq. ft. Outpatient Pavilion on the Main Campus.
The Fitness Center at Siskin Hospital opens on campus offering fitness for all abilities.
The new state-of-the-art Stroke Center opens.
The new state-of-the-art Brain Injury wing opens.
Carol Sim becomes new President & CEO following Robert Main’s 26 years as the longest tenured healthcare CEO in the city.
Siskin Hospital acquires St. Barnabas.
Siskin Hospital celebrates 25th Anniversary.
Siskin Hospital becomes Tennessee’s largest acute rehabilitation hospital.
Dr. Matthew Gibson becomes Siskin Hospital’s third President & CEO.
After a joint study by Erlanger Medical Center and Siskin Memorial Foundation determined the need for comprehensive physical rehabilitation care for the people of Chattanooga, the facility envisioned by the Siskin brothers boldly took shape.
In 1986, a separate corporation was established and a board was appointed to develop and operate the hospital. From an empty plot of land and the desk of one employee, former President and CEO Robert Main, the hospital’s purpose and physical structure grew.
Over the past 20-plus years, Siskin Hospital has returned more than 40,000 patients to active, rewarding lives after sudden accident or illness. From strokes to traumatic brain injuries, these patients were served with the most comprehensive care available in the Chattanooga area.
Siskin Hospital has provided nearly $20 million in care for patients who were unable to pay for the cost of their rehabilitation, or whose insurance does not cover crucial programs vital to their recovery.
Growth & Future
From an initial plan for a 50-bed hospital to today’s 123-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. Siskin Hospital has answered the community’s call for innovative, local rehabilitation services provided by dedicated, specially trained physical rehabilitation professionals. Patients no longer have to drive to other cities for their care; they can stay home.
As the Chattanooga area’s only physical rehabilitation facility accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and as Tennessee’s largest acute rehabilitation hospital, we have a reputation for pioneering, thoughtful expansion and quality care. With the foundation built on a legacy of caring, innovation, and growth, Siskin Hospital is poised to succeed in the changing world of healthcare. We continually seek new ways to serve our healthcare community, and the disabled population in particular. Our vision for the future is based on our ongoing commitment to providing the innovative care necessary to return our patients to successful, rewarding lives.
*The bed count includes 82 IRF, 30 SubAcute, and 11 Long-Term.