Eugene, OR – July 7, 2021 – BestMed, a provider of high-quality, convenient primary and urgent care services in the Western United States, has announced the addition of Stephen G. Garratt, BSN, MSN, FNP-C, to its team of healthcare providers. Garratt will begin treating patients at BestMed’s Junction City clinic, located at 355 West 3rd Avenue, Junction City OR 97448, starting on August 9th, 2021.
Garratt joins BestMed from Golden Valley Health Center in California, where he treated patients as a family nurse practitioner. A graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz, he obtained his EMT certification shortly after finishing his undergraduate studies. He then went on to work in a hospital setting for several years while simultaneously continuing his education in the legal profession at the University of San Diego. Garratt worked in the legal field as a medical-legal researcher and paralegal for several years before completing a post-graduate certificate program at the University of California at Berkeley, focusing on cellular/molecular biology and biochemistry. Garratt next studied nursing at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, and obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing in 2014 and a Master of Science Degree in Nursing in 2016.
BestMed Chief Executive Officer Jim Ashby said that Garratt’s medical and legal studies background makes him a valuable asset to BestMed.
“What is so inspiriting about Stephen is how, throughout his life, he has never stopped learning and never stopped applying his skills in new ways and in new areas that need a compassionate, educated, and dedicated healthcare expert,” said Ashby. “We are thrilled to have Stephen join our BestMed team.”
“BestMed is the ideal next step in my medical career,” said Garratt. “My past experiences providing nursing care to rural, underserved communities has strengthened my passion for working for an entity that shares my dedication to these populations. I value the commitment that BestMed has made to providing care in rural communities across the Western United States, and I am thrilled to start the next phase of my career as a member of the BestMed care team.”
BestMed provides urgent care, primary care, physical therapy services, and musculoskeletal clinic services. Our focus is on providing the best patient care to patients in our communities. Established in 2008 with one clinic and nine employees, we have grown to 25 clinics in Oregon, Washington, and Montana.