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Residents of Schenectady Center have a wide range of medical support services available to them, in addition to the physical, occupational and speech therapy, and on-site medical and dental services we provide.

All of these services are overseen by our medical director, Dr. Ali Mirza. Dr. Mirza is a vital part of the Schenectady Center family, both for his medical care and the spirit he brings to the team. Born and raised in Baghdad, he earned his medical degree from Cairo University in Egypt in 1983. After post-graduate training, he moved to Ireland in 1987 and began training in General Surgery, Emergency Medicine and Orthopedics.

In 1994 he immigrated to the United States to pursue a career in Internal Medicine and completed his Residency and Chief Residency at Albany Medical Center. But it was Dr. Mirza’s interest in Long Term and Post-Acute Care that led him to pursue his true passion, and everyone at Schenectady Center is grateful for that. He trained through the American Medical Director Association and become a Certified Medical Director in 2004. Dr. Mirza was recently named Regional Medical Director for Centers Health Care and continues right here as Schenectady Center’s Medical Director and Attending Physician for post-acute patients. Dr. Mirza is affiliated with Ellis Hospital and is a current member of AMDA-The Society of Post-Acute and Long Term Care Medicine, the New York Medical Director Association (NYMDA), the Medical Society of Schenectady County and the Medical Society of the State of New York. He is actively involved in the regional Transition of Care Coalition and is a member of the CHF Taskforce at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady.

And all that explains why you count on Schenectady Center the finest care anywhere, whether you’re in our rehabilitation suite, or taking advantage of any of these other services:

Clinical Services

  • Amputee Recovery and Training

  • Comfort Care & Palliative Care

  • Complex Medical Care

  • Enteral Nutrition Therapy (ENT)

  • IV Antibiotic Therapy

  • Pain Management

  • Post-Surgical Orthopedic Care

  • Respiratory Management

  • Stroke Rehabilitation

  • Tracheostomy Care

  • Wound Care

  • Wound Vac

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We’re committed to Recovery and Rehabilitation

The pride of Schenectady Center is our reputation for amazing physical, occupational and speech therapy. Helping our short term residents return to full independence sooner and more completely drives this team to excellence. And keeping our residents physically fit promotes a longer, healthier, happier life.

We offer therapy six days a week in a state of the art facility where our team of professionals employ the latest techniques and equipment to achieve startling results. And each participant works one-on-one with their therapist during each session. Every patient has a custom plan developed just for them. That plan considers your doctor’s instructions, your pre-surgical condition or physical abilities when you arrive, your post-surgical condition, individual goals, tolerance for discomfort during therapy, personal attitude, and more.

The rewards of therapy, even when it’s difficult, are priceless and we make every effort to see that therapy sessions are productive yet enjoyable. At Schenectady Center, we “work the whole patient.” We do more than the focused rehabilitation prescribed by your doctor. We work with each patient to improve muscle tone and strength, joint mobility, posture, cardio-vascular and pulmonary function, mobility, and pain relief. And we make sure that our patients regain as many of the skills they’ll need for independent living as possible.


  • Diathermy

  • Hand-Splinting​

  • Lymphedema Therapy

  • Occupational Therapy

  • Physical Therapy

  • Speech Therapy

  • Stroke Rehabilitation

  • Vital-Stim Therapy

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We work diligently to make sure that this facility always feels like home to our residents.

We encourage residents to decorate their rooms and to make their space an expression of themselves. And we do our part to make everyone’s life as comfortable and convenient as possible.

Both short and long-term residents enjoy all of this, and more:

  • Therapeutic recreation, which is both enjoyable and engaging. Developed in a collaboration of our therapy and recreation teams, it furthers physical and occupational therapy and makes it a fun part of daily life here.
  • A discrete security system that ensures that the building is safe from unauthorized entry. It also protects those residents who need careful monitoring from finding themselves in an unfamiliar area of the building, or off the grounds.
  • A full time activities staff. And we think they are one of the best. Not only are our residents busy with activities, hobbies and shows, but Schenectady Center is known to family members and community residents alike as a great place to attend special events.
  • Secured landscaped lawn for summer barbecues or just enjoying the fresh air.
  • And of course, we provide toiletries and bath amenities, the services of a beautician and barber, complimentary laundry service, wi-fi, and individual cable television for each resident.


  • Complimentary TV Service

  • Complimentary WiFi

  • Private Rooms Available

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