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This Oct. 6 photo of St. Joseph's Hospital construction shows the sprawling one-level hospital and the multi-level office building.

New St. Joseph's hospital 'right-sizing' for need


With bigger roads, more schools and big retail chains coming to the Oil Patch to meet development demands, many wonder why the new $100 million St. Joseph's Hospital will be half the size of its current facility.

Hospital officials say they hear that question all the time, and the size of the hospital came out of thorough analysis showing health care shifting toward quick turnaround outpatient care because of the Affordable Care Act and modern health technology.

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