Lillian G. Carter Nursing Center

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The Lillian G. Carter Nursing Center, formerly known as the Wise Sanitarium[1] in Plains, Georgia, was a hospital. Currently, it is a nursing care facility, but was the birthplace of former United States President James Earl Carter Jr., who was born there on October 1, 1924 when his mother was working there as a registered nurse.[2]


Originally built in 1921 by Doctors Samuel, Thaddeus and Bowman Wise,[1] children of early Plains settlers Dr. Burr T. Wise and Laura Addy Wise, the 60-bed sanitarium was one of the first small hospitals in Georgia to be recognized by the American College of Surgeons and the American Medical and Hospital Association. It also served as a training center for nurses.[3] A separate building was attached to the sanitarium for the treatment of African Americans.[3]

The center in 2012

In 1976, Wise Sanitarium was transformed into Lillian Carter Health and Rehabilitation. The facility is a 100-bed skilled nursing facility that provides skilled care including physical, occupational, and speech therapies.

Current use

The center is still in use as of 2017.


  1. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-04-19. Retrieved 2011-10-07.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Jimmy Carter 39th President, 1977-1981 -". Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Wise Sanitarium 1921 ~ 1936 Marker - Historic Markers Across Georgia". Retrieved 26 January 2017.

Coordinates: 32°02′16″N 84°23′24″W / 32.0378°N 84.3899°W / 32.0378; -84.3899

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