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SPIRIT OF OKTIBBEHA: Varco cares for hearts, souls

November 4, 2013

Nurse Elizabeth Varco with the cardiac rehabilitation program at OCH Regional Medical Center has earned the nickname “Mother Hen” because of how she cares for her patients. (Submitted photo)

The patients in OCH Regional Medical Center’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program have a nickname for the nurse in charge, Elizabeth Varco. They call her the “mother hen.”

John Fondren said he became Varco’s patient about five weeks ago after having a heart valve replaced. He said he had been exercising at the OCH HealthPlex that houses Varco’s program before becoming her patient, so the two already knew each other, and he knew the nickname had been in place for some time. Having grown up on a farm himself, he said he had seen the way mother hens protect their chicks from any threats, and he found the nickname appropriate.

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