(Watertown) A registered nurse at Watertown Regional Medical Center (WRMC) was recently recognized for her efforts both at work and in the community. Julie Gentz was a recipient of the 2020 Mercy Award, which highlights one employee from each LifePoint hospital who profoundly touches the lives of others. As a registered nurse in surgery, Gentz is often the last staff member patients communicate with before a surgery. Hospital officials say she understands their needs and is always ready to lend an open ear and provide answers. Gentz is an active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Juneau and is involved in the parish’s nursing program. The group provides monthly blood pressure monitoring and a ‘Soup for Souls’ program that offers food for the sick and home bound. At work, Gentz helps educate fellow nurses on how to keep patients safe and comfortable and helps future nurses at Moraine Park Technical College. Hospital CEO Richard Keddington says they are extremely proud to recognize Gentz for her willingness to serve their patients and citizens of the surrounding communities. He says she goes above and beyond each and every day to ensure every person she encounters receives the highest level of care and compassion.