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WCRMC's Orthopedic Program Expands

Phillip Boatright, Jr. Joins Washington County Reginal Medical Center as a Physician Assistant Specializing in General Orthopedics


SAVANNAH, GA (January 26, 2021) –Optim Health System, is proud to welcome Phillip (Phil) Boatright, Jr. as a physician assistant to Optim Medical Center-Tattnall general orthopedic surgeon Patrick G. Hanson, MD. Boatright is currently practicing at the Optim Health System Dublin, Ga. clinic and will be adding clinic days in Sandersville and Swainsboro, Ga. in the near future.


Boatright was raised in Wrightsville, Ga. and attended Brentwood School in Sandersville. As a firefighter and first responder in Wrightsville and Johnson County, he recognized the need for quality healthcare in rural Georgia and wanted to help fill that need and service his community. Further inspired by his hometown doctor’s dedication to their small community, at the age of 35, he decided it was time for a career change and went back to school to become a Physician Assistant.


“We’re very excited to have Phil Boatright join our care team as a physician assistant,” commented Erin Pender, Clinic Administrator for Optim Health System. “His expertise in general orthopedics and deep ties to the communities we serve are important as we strive to meet the region’s growing healthcare needs.”


Boatright graduated from Augusta University, formerly the Medical College of Georgia, in 2016. While attending, he received the Chairman’s Award of Excellence which is the highest award given by the faculty. Since graduating he has worked in Swainsboro for an orthopedic / general surgery practice and in the emergency department at Emanuel Medical Center. Additionally, he is board-certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants


Working alongside Dr. Hanson, he treats a wide variety of conditions and injuries relating to and affecting the foot and ankle, lower leg, knee, hip and thigh, hand and elbow, and shoulder.


“I’m honored to be joining such an extraordinary group of providers and helping patients reclaim their quality of life,” Boatright explained. “Being able to continue practicing in Middle Georgia and serve my home community is of great importance to me.”


He and his wife, an emergency room nurse at Fairview Park Hospital, have two daughters and live in Wrightsville.

For more information or to set an appointment, call 478-272-3140.  Dr. Hanson and Boatright is both located inside Same Day Surgery.