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 sixty-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 therapy, occupational, and speech therapies.

Current use[edit]

The center is still in use as of 2017.


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