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.