Fulton State Hospital's facility opens, brings job opportunities

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FULTON - After three years and $140 million in construction, the Fulton State Hospital is ready to start celebrating.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Nixon Forensics Center is planned at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Missouri Governor Mike Parson plans to attend the ceremony, Andy Atkinson, Fulton State Hospital chief operating officer, said. Sen. Jeanie Riddle, R-Mokane, Rep. Travis Fitzwater, R-Potosi, and Missouri Department of Mental Health employees will also attend. They will have a brief tour and a press conference scheduled immediately after. Former Gov. Jay Nixon, who pushed to approve $211 million in funding in 2014, will also visit the facility.

"We plan to move patients in July of this year,” said Atkinson. “We have employees that need to go through training before we actually move patients in.”

Atkinson said FSH will also host a public open house and job fair on June 5.

“We have 1,200 positions for the hospital,” he said. “We always look for skilled people to come and fill our positions.”

The Nixon Forensics Center will house up to 300 patients in 12 residential wings. Patient amenities include indoor and outdoor recreation and mindfulness areas, exercise facilities, game rooms.

Atkinson said the facility is filled with the natural light, which has treatment effect for patients.

“We are excited about it. This has been a long time coming,” Atkinson said.