Best Practices Healthcare Center provides Family Practice, Urgent Care, and Podiatry services to residents of Selah and the surrounding communities.
Dr. Sunny Bhaskaran and Greg Swart first worked together in 2002 at Cornerstone Medical Clinic in Yakima. Over time, they developed a friendship that extended to include their respective spouses, Sheeba Bhaskaran and Janis Swart. Longtime Selah residents and healthcare professionals, Greg and Janis wanted to bring quality healthcare into their community. They already owned Best Practices Medical Center in Yakima and Dr. Bhaskaran and Sheeba owned Pinnacle Sleep Center. Thus, both couples had experience and a passion for community medical care at the clinic level.
The opportunity to realize their dream came in January 2020 when Astria Health closed their clinic in Selah. Dr. Bhaskaran called Greg and suggested that they look at the clinic. Following a tour, the four developed a business plan and quickly progressed towards an opening on November 4, 2020.
The clinic initially had two Family Practitioners, Kaylee Vantrease, ARNP and Jody Gray, ARNP, who came from Compassion Family Medicine and Grandview Clinic, respectively. Urgent Care was provided by Stacie Olson, ARNP who had previously worked at Yakima Memorial Hospital. Support staff were hired including X-Ray Technologists, Medical Assistants, front line staff, and management. Additional support was provided by Best Practices Medical Center in Yakima.
Staff describe the initial days as “chaotic”. Developed processes needed modification. New contacts had to be identified. Supply chain issues existed back then, too. One provider recalls waiting a month for her desk to arrive. Some patients followed Kaylee and Jody from their old practices. Even so, the early patient flow was a trickle. Providers and staff gave those early patients a lot of attention due to the low patient/staff ratios. The fact that the clinic included Urgent Care services was largely unknown in the community. The owners ramped up advertising and, slowly, the word got out that we were available 7 days a week.
In February 2021, we added another Family Practice Provider, Tim Aussink, PA-C. In April 2021, we added a second Urgent Care Provider, Matthew Rosenberger, ARNP.
November of 2021 was very different from November of 2020. The reason, of course, was COVID. We began to get very busy to the point where staff had to park outside of our normal footprint. Staff stepped up to ensure we could provided testing and treatment for the Selah community. In one record day, we saw 110 people in Urgent Care alone. Comparatively, we see about 30 Urgent Care patients per day since the recent rapid decline of the omicron variant.
In November 2021, we added Podiatry services when Dr. Melissa Hong, DPM, MS joined the practice.
Best Practices Healthcare Center is proud to be contributing to Selah’s wellness. Healing is Here!