Women of Influence: Dr. Katie Patterson

Katie Patterson came to Indianola as a medical student, and when she fell in love with the town and community, she retured to work full time.

During her time at South Sunflower County Hospital and Indianola Family Medical Group, Patterson has established herself as one of the community’s most well-known doctors, along with leading multiple volunteer projects, including her work with the Literacy Coalition.

Patterson was instrumental in leading the initiative that resulted in SSCH being named one of only two Baby Friendly hospitals in the state.

1. How did you come to live in Sunflower County?

During medical school I was offered a summer externship here with Lanny Prichard. I spent four weeks here, delivered my first baby on my second day, and was hooked!

I returned my third year of medical school and my fourth year for Rotations at Indianola Family Medical Group and fell further in love with this type of medicine.

When I left to complete my training in Texas, I knew we would come back to Mississippi.

When I interviewed here, all the joy that I had experienced as a student came back and we knew Sunflower County was where God wanted us.

2. Who are your biggest female influences?

My mother and my maternal and paternal grandmothers – all Godly, brave, smart women who each taught me so many things.

I wouldn’t be who I am today without each of them.

3. What would you describe as your biggest accomplishment so far in life?

My children. They are my biggest blessing.

4. What is the best piece of advice you can give young women looking to become leaders in their communities?

Imagine your dream, pray about it, and pursue it with God’s help. You can be anything you want to be!

5. What is the biggest lesson you have learned about leadership?

“Leadership is using your actions to inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more.” – John Quincy Adams

6. If you could play any role in a movie, what would it be?

Mary Poppins – she was always prepared, together, comforting and fun.

7. A little family information

My husband is David Patterson of Brandon. Together, we have four children – Samuel (12), Reilly (9), Nicholas (8) and John Kastens (4). My parents are Dr. Arthur and Mary Virginia Fokakis of Hattiesburg. My grandparents are Dorothy Terry and the late Willis Terry and the late Nick and Lybia Fokakis, all of Hattiesburg

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