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May 29--  Meadows Regional Medical Center in Vidalia is buying land for future development.

The medical center has bought the Thomas and Betts electrical factory property on Highway 292 east of the hospital.

{mosimage}Medical Center CEO Alan Kent says they got the 44 acres for a reduced price of about $600,000.

"The property became available at a fraction of what was originally asked six years ago.  We wanted to make sure the community has adequate space for taking care of developing healthcare needs for the next couple of decades.  The development may be at the initiative of the hospital or complementary because other businesses find it advantageous to be located near the hospital." he said.

Kent says the hospital is in no hurry to demolish the old factory building.  "Since there's not an immediate plan for that property, we'll be able to take our time and spread that work out over an appropriate period of time," he said.