NVRH CEO Shawn Tester and NCHC CEO Michael Costa stand outside the new Northern Express Care location at 1 Eastern Avenue, St. Johnsbury. 

Northern Counties Health Care (NCHC) and Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital (NVRH) announced the creation of a new partnership, Northern Express Care – St. Johnsbury.

Northern Express Care will be a walk-in health center open to anyone who requires convenient primary care services. Located at the corner of Railroad Street and Eastern Avenue in downtown St. Johnsbury, Northern Express Care will offer evening and weekend hours, no appointment necessary, to provide community members with the care they need, when they need it.

“We are thrilled to be able to work with Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital to be able to expand access to health care services, decrease wait times, and provide compassionate care to those who need it,” said Christopher Towne, chief strategy officer for Northern Counties.

“While both organizations offer primary care services, this project aims to help reduce unnecessary emergency department visits and encourage more people in the community to seek the care they need," said NVRH Chief Executive Officer Shawn Tester.

Northern Express Care will provide a convenient way for individuals seeking assistance with minor illnesses or injuries the same care that one would normally receive at their primary care provider’s office. In addition, Northern Express Care can help patients establish a relationship with a primary care provider in the area, creating another pathway towards better health and wellness.

"I am grateful to NVRH for their partnership," said Michael Costa, chief executive officer of NCHC, "and excited to offer one more way that Northern Counties Health Care, as a Federally Qualified Health Center, can care for our patients and neighbors regardless of their ability to pay.”

St. Johnsbury’s Northern Express Care project received all necessary State and municipal approvals to begin construction on the building at 1 Eastern Avenue in St. Johnsbury following a meeting of the St. Johnsbury Development Review Board in September.

Northern Counties Health Care encompasses five community health centers, three dental centers, and a certified home health care & hospice division.