New business to bring more than 300 jobs to Central State Hospital


MILLEDGEVILLE, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Central State Hospital in Milledgeville is undergoing some new changes.

A new nursing center that’s bringing more than 300 jobs is almost finished.

Nail by nail, tile by tile, beam by beam — the new Bostick Nursing Center  is weeks away from opening its doors.

“It was our first private sale of property on the Central State Hospital campus in 170 years,” Lauren Abis, the director of communications for Central State Hospital’s Redevelopment Authority, said. “At the peak of the jobs, it’ll be 330 jobs for community members in Milledgeville and Baldwin County.”

The 100,000 square foot facility will cater to parolees who have a terminal illness, but are stuck in the state prison system with nowhere left to turn.

“They’re going to be able to take care of a lot of people here in this facility,” Abis said.

280 beds to be exact.

“It was kind of our first foot hole moving in the direction of redevelopment and re-purposing the campus,” Abis said.

It’s an effort to bring life back to the campus.

“We just want to make sure that we’re planning the campus in a way that’s suitable for any place and time,” she said.

She says she hopes it’s a foundation to build on to create more growth and more business.

“We’re going to have a ton of activity going on in the next five years. We’re excited about the momentum we have going right now,” Abis said.

Plans are to have the center completed in the next two months.


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