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Presented by WCHL-Chapelboro, this month’s First Watch First Responder — presented by First Watch, The Daytime Cafe at East 54 — is Loc Culp from the UNC Medical Center.

When Culp, nurse manager of the Medical Intensive Care Unit, saw her first COVID-19 patients, she implemented clinical changes while keeping up with the unrelenting stream of patients admitted into the MICU. Throughout the pandemic, her department has cared for the sickest COVID-19 patients while ensuring the unit was staffed properly and safely.

To incorporate these measures, Culp helped change the MICU department into high-risk and low-risk zones. As a wife and mother of three children, Loc spent long hours at the MICU overseeing the health and well-being of critically ill patients, as well as her 110-member staff.

Her heroism, compassion, effective communication, and skill has made an immense impact on her co-workers and colleagues at the UNC Medical Center.

Read the rest of the story at Chapelboro.