Novant Health and GoHealth Urgent Care are partnering to bring at least 15 urgent-care facilities to the Charlotte and Winston-Salem markets.

The first of these facilities is scheduled to open in Winston-Salem in early 2019, followed by new and renovated locations in the Charlotte region over the next year to year and a half.

The Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care centers will treat minor ailments, such as cuts, urinary tract infections, asthma and muscle sprains. Patients can check in online or walk in, and as with Novant locations currently open, they have access to the online portal, MyChart. The urgent-care centers will also have on-site laboratories and X-ray capabilities.

“This new consumer-focused health care concept will allow us to reach more patients and better meet their needs," says Carl Armato, president and chief executive officer of Novant Health, which is headquartered in Winston-Salem.

Novant currently operates 19 urgent-care locations in the Charlotte region. It also operates nine Express Care sites here — a more low-cost, retail-style form of care.

The first locations locally to transition into partnership facilities are:

Novant declined to give details on how the spaces will be upfitted.

The partnership with Novant brings GoHealth into the Southeast market. Founded by Access Clinical Partners in mid-2014, GoHealth has facilities in California, Connecticut, Missouri, New York, Oregon and Washington. GoHealth partners with major health systems in these states, including Legacy Health, based in the Portland-Vancouver area, and Dignity Health of California. 

Novant is the seventh-largest employer in Charlotte with about 9,700 employees.