Brookhaven OB-GYN Associates: A Story of Commitment

When Kim Sessums and Steve Mills were third year medical students at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, they began discussing their futures. “We decided we wanted to work together right away,” said Dr. Sessums. “Our goals and priorities in life were basically the same. We’re both Christians, our families were of the utmost importance to us and we wanted to establish ourselves medically in a community where we could provide the highest quality patient care.” With agreed upon objectives, these two young physicians began to look around Mississippi to determine where they could establish themselves. “We had no geographic preferences, so we wrote to hospitals all over the state asking for community and medical information,” said Dr. Sessums. “It was very important to practice in a community not only where we felt good about raising our children, but where we could fulfill a medical need. We also wanted to be affiliated with a hospital willing to provide state-of-the-art equipment so we, in turn, could practice state-of-the-art obstetrics and gynecology.” Although they received data statewide, Dr. Sessums and Dr. Mills were both impressed with Brookhaven. “The community’s response was great,” said Dr. Mills, “After we interviewed and visited the hospital, community leaders hosted several events for us. They convinced us that we were needed and wanted in Brookhaven, and establishing our practice here would be a win-win situation for all.” As in most real life situations, though, there was a challenge. Dr. Sessums explained, “The community had not had an established OB-GYN for some time and the hospitals labor and delivery suite was antiquated. Although the hospital renovated the area far beyond our expectations, there was a feeling that we wouldn’t want to stay long term and serve the needs of the women in Lincoln and surrounding counties.” After much thought and discussion, the doctors decided Brookhaven was the community they wanted to serve. “We knew the skepticism among some, so we decided to build our own clinic,” explained Dr. Sessums. “Our goals were to assure the community of our commitment and to provide a comfortable attractive environment for our patients.” He continued, “The doctor/patient relationship in obstetrics and gynecology can be awkward. We want our patients to be comfortable and at ease so we can answer all their medical questions and help them lead happy, healthy lives.” The Brookhaven OB-GYN Center has now served area women for over two years. “I think we may have convinced the skeptics of our sincere desire to be here.” smiled Dr. Mills. “We welcomed 500 new Mississippians into the world last year alone and our practice has grown so fast another physician, Dr. Richard Rushing, has joined us.” The three specialists provide general obstetric and gynecologic care, diagnosis and treatment for infertility, as well as contraception counseling, and procedure arrangements for birthing classes, sibling classes, and mammography. Appointments may be made by calling (601)833-8157 during regular business hours.

Richard Rushing, MD, Joins Clinic

Brookhaven OB-GYN Associates welcomed Richard Rushing, MD, to its staff August 1, 1990. Originally from Forest, Mississippi, Dr. Rushing received his undergraduate degree from the University of Mississippi. He also received his medical degree and completed his OB-GYN specialty training at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. “There are two reasons we wanted Dr. Rushing to join our group,” said Dr. Kim Sessums when asked the need for another OB-GYN in the community. “Dr. Mills and I were so busy here our first two years we felt like our ability to provide the quality medical care we intend to give might suffer in the future. We want to have the time to practice the kind of quality medicine our patients deserve. We couldn’t continue to add new patients far into the future and give that kind of care without additional medical support.” He added with a smile, “The other reason is simply the individual. Richard Rushing is the kind of physician any group would welcome. Even without the busy patient load that Steve and I have, when someone of Dr. Rushing’s caliber comes along, you don’t pass up the chance to have him as an associate.” Dr. Rushing’s accomplishments and accolades speak for themselves as he received many of the highest awards given by the University of Mississippi Medical School. “He was the recipient of the William Gallager Award given to the top OB-GYN medical student; the senior medical student of the year award; the gynecological surgical award; and the Caldwell Award given for patient care and documentation of care,” said Dr. Sessums. “And those are just a few examples of Richard’s honors,” added his colleague with a smile. “He is so humble he won’t let me name them all. But, suffice to say we are extremely proud to have him in Brookhaven.” Dr. Rushing seems equally proud to have chosen Brookhaven as his home. “My wife, Paula and I wanted a good community in which to raise our family, and I wanted an atmosphere where my patients could also be my friends and neighbors.” said Dr. Rushing. “We have certainly found that here. My children have quickly gotten involved in school and church activities. And the medical community is growing and becoming more and more specialized in order to meet the needs of our citizens. We definitely made the right choice.” Richard and Paula Rushing have 8 children: Will, John, Matt, Mark, Jeff, Seth, Mary Anna, and Sara Kate. To make an appointment with Dr. Rushing, call Brookhaven OB-GYN Associates at (601)833-8157.

Dr. Leigh Cher Langston Gray

Dr. Leigh Cher Langston Gray joined Brookhaven OB-GYN Associates in September, 2002. Dr. Gray is originally from McComb, MS where her father, Dr. Ledon Langston, practiced as an OB-GYN physician for 30 years. Dr. Gray explains "From an early age, in the shadow of my dad, I admired the way he was able to touch so many lives in such a positive way. I have always enjoyed fixing things that were broken, or taking them apart and reassembling them. My job allows me to do both in a wide variety of ways." Dr. Gray received her B.A. from Baylor University in Waco, Texas and earned her M.D. degree from the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She then completed her internship and residency at Louisiana State University-Shreveport. She is board-certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She and her husband, Bruce reside in Brookhaven and have four daughters, Gracie, Rivers, Lily and Anabel. After joining the practice in 2002, Dr. Gray noted "Brookhaven is the perfect place for my family. My husband, Bruce, and I were looking for a small town with a strong medical staff and a solid school system for our children. I am also thankful for the great practice that was already in place before I joined. The four of us (partners) couldn't be more different personalities but our faith and our commitments to our families and our patients make it work. We really enjoy what we do and we hope it shows." To schedule an appointment with Dr. Gray, please call our office at 601-833-8157.