North Country Hospital and Northern Counties Health Care are partnering to provide Northern Express Care to downtown Newport. Northern Express Care currently operates in downtown St. Johnsbury and at Corner Medical in Lyndonville. Northern Express Care began through a collaborative relationship between NCHC and Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital. Brian Nall, Chief Executive Officer of NCH, said, “Northern Express Care – Newport is an exciting opportunity for our community. People will have expanded access to immediate care, with no appointment needed, regardless of their ability to pay. This will certainly help meet a need we are seeing in our service area.” Brian continued, “Northern Counties provides an ideal partner for this addition to downtown Newport. Their experience, mission, and collaborative efforts will certainly help provide an additional option to patients for urgent non-emergency room healthcare needs.” This is not the first endeavor between these two organizations. In 2016, NCH partnered with NCHC to open the Orleans Dental Center. Northern Express Care-Newport is expected to open sometime this summer and will be located in the former UPS store at 137 Main St.