New nursing care center with a unique mission opens in Milledgeville
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – It’s being considered a different kind of healthcare facility, but one all too important for a segment of the population usually forgotten.
Today marked the grand opening of the Bostick Nursing Center on the Central State Hospital campus in Milledgeville.
The 280-bed center, opened by CorrectLife, aims to house former ex-convicts and inmates that require around-the-clock care that only such a facility can provide.
CEO of CorrectLife, Dr. Carlo Musso, understands the difficulty of placing former inmates into nursing care centers, “We would all understand why a nursing home wouldn’t want some of their residents showing up in the sexual offender registry. That would just be a [public relations] disaster for a skilled nursing facility.”
Aside from the daily healthcare for those who need it, the 98,000 square-foot facility will also provide over 330 jobs for the communities of Milledgeville and surrounding Baldwin County.
“It was clear that Central State Hospital in Milledgeville was the ideal community, given their history of caring for Georgia’s most challenging patients,” said Dr. Musso. “And the most important reason – they wanted this facility here.”
It will also benefit Georgia’s taxpayers, who currently foot the bill for expensive healthcare treatments for chronically ill convicts in the state prison system.
“Some of our patients with strokes and Alzheimer’s and terminal disease that are in need of daily nursing care, even though they’ve paid their debt to society, unfortunately, sometimes they end up dying in prison,” Dr. Musso added.
The Bostick Nursing Center also includes 16 nursing stations, six individually themed courtyards, and eight individual access controlled wings with an average of 35 beds in each.