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Lab supervisor Laura Massey reviews a report on the hematology machine in the current lab area at Sweeny Community Hospital. Like most places in the aging hospital, the lab area is cramped.

SWEENY — The time until a new Sweeny hospital opens shortened a little more this week as the hospital board voted to engage in a compensation agreement with two firms to pursue a location next to the current Sweeny Community Hospital.

The agreement, with CallisonRTKL of Dallas and Courtney Harper & Partners of Houston, allows the firms to move forward investigating the best spot and the best shape for the new hospital to take, somewhere adjacent to the current building. Cost is a moving target, but Sweeny Community Hospital CEO Kelly Park said at the March board meeting they’re looking at $45 million and 65,000 square feet for the new facility.

Wes Wolfe is a reporter for The Facts. Contact him at 979-237-0152.

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