Dr. Anne Brooks Gives WCU Leadership Lecture
Hattiesburg, Miss., October 5, 2012 - Dr. Anne Brooks, physician and one of the founders of the Tutwiler Clinic and chair of the medicine department at North West Mississippi Regional Medical Center, was the guest speaker for William Carey University’s Christian Leadership Lecture on October 3, in Smith Auditorium. A question and answer session was held following the lecture in the Lucile Parker Gallery for pre-medical students and other interested persons.
Upon graduating from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Brooks opened her own practice in a rural clinic in Tutwiler, Miss., in 1983 with three others. Soon after, a licensed practical counselor and by a community organizer joined the clinic staff and established a Community Education Center with the help of a grant from the WK Kellogg Foundation. Many years of the labor of volunteer workers for Habitat for Humanity have enabled over 40 families to leave plantation shacks for their own homes, many clustered near the clinic and the center.
In addition to her work at Tutwiler Clinic and the Community Education Center, Dr. Brooks works in the next county, as well. She provides care to over 55 nursing home residents, admits and cares for her patients at North West Mississippi Regional Medical Center, where she has been elected Chair of the Medicine Department. Publicity from “60 Minutes” “Good Morning America,” PBS TV, NBC Evening News’ “Making a Difference,” and multiple other media presentations, has brought the needs of Tallahatchie County -where there are only 2 other doctors in the entire county - to the nation's attention. In 2005, Dr. Brooks received the “Pride in the Profession” award from the American Medical Association Foundation, and in 2012, she received the Outstanding Physician of the Year Award from the American Osteopathic Association Foundation.