NCHC and NVRH form Northern Express Care

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NCHC and NVRH form Northern Express Care

Tue, 09/29/2020 - 5:35am -- tim

Northern Counties Health Care and Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital announce new partnership to form Northern Express Care – St. Johnsbury. L-R: Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital Chief Executive Officer Shawn Tester; and Northern Counties Health Care Chief Executive Officer Michael Costa as they stand outside of the new Northern Express Care location at 1 Eastern Avenue, St. Johnsbury.

Vermont Business Magazine Northern Counties Health Care (NCHC) and Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital (NVRH) are pleased to announce 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, our partner and neighbor, 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. “Renovations to our location in downtown St. Johnsbury begin today, and we look forward to offering care at Northern Express Care this coming winter.”

“Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital is proud to collaborate on this new opportunity to provide comprehensive care to anyone in the community,” said NVRH Chief Executive Officer Shawn Tester. “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.”

Northern Express Care will provide a convenient way for individuals seeking assistance with minor illnesses or injuries the same comprehensive and compassionate 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.

Michael Costa, Chief Executive Officer of NCHC, said “the strength of our community, and the Northeast Kingdom as a whole, is our ability to work together. I am grateful to NVRH for their partnership 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 on September 24, 2020.

Northern Counties Health Care encompasses five community health centers, three dental centers, and a certified home health care & hospice division providing a full spectrum of quality, affordable, and compassionate health care services to patients of all ages, throughout the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.

For more information, visit www.nchcvt.org. NCHC is supported in part by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number H80CS00632. This information or content and conclusion are those of the author and should not be constructed on the official or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government.

Source: St. Johnsbury, VT (September 25, 2020) – Northern Counties Health Care (NCHC) and Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital