Spain Rehabilitation 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.


A groundbreaking ceremony for the Spain Rehabilitation Center was held 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 Holmes Pavilion, a raised outdoor plaza facing 7th Avenue South was dedicated in honor of former Spain Rehabilitation Center director Edward Holmes Jr.

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 2021 the University of Alabama Health System approved the development of plans to replace the Spain Rehabilitation Center with a new 11-story UAB Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital and 200-car parking garage between Children's Hospital's Lowder Building and the Sparks Center on 7th Avenue South.


  • 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
  • driver rehabilitation
  • locomotor training
  • "Roll Model" peer-focused support
  • wheelchair seating and positioning


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