HCSET clinic expansion in Cleveland nears completion

The new 12,000-square foot clinic for the Health Center of Southeast Texas in Cleveland was designed to match the existing clinic, which is adjacent to the new structure. Very soon, contractors will wrap up their work and furnishings will be moved in to ready the building for patients.

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com

In just a few short weeks, the Health Center of Southeast Texas will open the doors to its new 12,000-square-foot expansion located on the north side of the main clinic at 307 N. William Barnett Ave. in Cleveland.

Construction workers on Thursday, Feb. 7, were busy plastering walls and hanging frames for drop ceilings. Once the building is ready, HCSET staff will move in furnishings and prepare for patients.

The expansion will add two more clinics to the Cleveland location with each additional clinic having its own nurse station, three patient rooms and one procedure room. The expansion includes two behavioral health offices, 12 offices for administrative staff, a call center, lab, eligibility room, a pharmacy, six restrooms and a large waiting room with a separate waiting room for sick patients. Additional parking is added on the north side.

With a combined 75 employees at HCSET’s four clinics in Livingston, Liberty, Shepherd and Cleveland, the new building’s design also includes a conference room where future staff meetings and training sessions will be held.

The expansion was expected to be ready by March, but the completion date now is pushed back to April. A grand opening will be announced at a later date but is expected to be held sometime in May.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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