Spain Rehabilitiation Center

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Spain Rehabilitation Center. Photo by Robert Matthews

Spain Rehabilitation Center (SRC) is a 5-story building located at 1717 6th Avenue South. The center provides inpatient and outpatient services to patients with physical ailments and disabilities to try and give them a more productive and comfortable life.


Ground breaking for the Spain Rehabilitation Center was on July 3, 1962 with Frank and Margaret Spain, Mr. and Mrs. William MacDonald and Mr. and Mrs. Chap Hodges (Mrs. McDonald and Mrs. Hodges were daughters of the Spains) and the grandchildren attending, along with representatives from the University, the State of Alabama and the Vocational Rehabilitation Services in Atlanta and Washington being present. Primary funding for the construction consisted of $510,000 from Mr. and Mrs. Frank Spain, $50,000 from the Foundation for Hearing and Speech and $1,680,000 through the Hill‐Burton program. Construction proceeded smoothly and the rehabilitation center was dedicated on April 26, 1964 with Dr. Howard Rusk being the principal dedication speaker. There was 63,000 square feet of floor space on four floors. Bed space for 58 patients was provided, with space and equipment for nursing services, physical therapy, outpatient therapy, psychology services, speech and hearing services, vocational counseling, dietetics, dentistry, EMG laboratory, x‐ray unit, physician and administrative offices, housekeeping, maintenance and storage.

In 1968, construction was begun for the fourth and fifth floor addition to the Spain Rehabilitation Center. This allowed expansion of inpatient services, office space, and research space. The addition was opened in 1969 and provided a total bed capacity of 78 inpatients.

On September 24, 1974 the Edward Holmes, Jr. Pavilion was dedicated.

In 1986, the Mickey Pizitz pool was built, with the Spain Rehabilitation Center Women’s Committee being the major donor and the University Hospital.

In 1987, major renovations were made to the patient rooms on the third and fourth floors.

In July 1989, the new addition to the Spain Rehabilitation Center was started in the east parking lot and expected completion for July 1990. Dedication for the new addition to the Spain Rehabilitation Center and the Civitan Building was held May 1991. The new addition provided growth for the Outpatient Clinic from two clinic rooms to 12 clinic rooms. It also provided additional office space, therapy space and research space.

In 2016 the Holmes Pavilion was refurbished and a colorful, circular labyrinth was painted on the concrete floor to provide a place for patients to focus on peace and wellbeing. The design was 32 feet by 32 feet and is painted in bright blue, red, orange, green, purple, and yellow colors. In 2017, the pavilion was closed due to structural integrity issues. In January of 2019, the pavilion was demolished and removed from the site.


  • Amputee Clinic
  • Brain Injury Clinic
  • Constraint-Induced Therapy / Taub Therapy Clinic
  • Constraint Induced Aphasia Therapy
  • Electromyography (EMG) Clinic
  • General/Orthopedic Clinic
  • Neuropsychology/Clinical Psychology
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Orthotics and Prosthetics Clinic
  • Physical Therapy
  • Spasticity Clinic
  • Speech Therapy
  • Spinal Cord Clinic
  • Urology Clinic
  • Women’s Health Clinic (for women with disabilities)
  • Wound Care Clinic


  • Audiology
  • Balance and Vestibular Training
  • Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program
  • Driver Rehabilitation
  • Locomotor Training
  • "Roll" Model Peer-focused Support Program
  • Wheelchair Seating and Positioning

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