Watertown Regional Medical Center Recognizes “Julie Gentz” as 2020 Mercy Award Winner

July 8, 2020

Watertown, WI – Watertown Regional Medical Center (WRMC) is excited to announce Julie Gentz, RN, as their 2020 Mercy Award Winner.

Julie Gentz, RN
2020 Mercy Award Winner

The Mercy Award recognizes one employee from each LifePoint hospital who profoundly touches the lives of others and best represents LifePoint’s commitment to ‘Making Communities Healthier’ both at work and in the community.

As a Registered Nurse in surgery, Julie is often the last staff member patients communicate with before a surgery. She understands patient’s needs and is always ready to lend an open ear and provide answers.

"She explained everything to us, what she was doing and why she was doing it. She answered any questions we had with the nicest, calmest voice and didn’t make us feel like we shouldn't be asking so many questions,” said a former patient and their family member. “Her care made us feel like we were the only patients at the hospital."

Whether at work or in the community, Julie embodies the mission, vision and values of Watertown Regional Medical Center and Lifepoint Health.

As an active member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Juneau, WI, she, along with other nurses in the church, are always looking for new ways to expand their parish nursing program. A program that provides monthly blood pressure monitoring, a 'Faith and Fitness' exercise program and a 'Soup for Souls' program that provides food for the sick and home bound.

“We are extremely proud to recognize Julie for her willingness to serve the patients of Watertown Regional Medical Center and citizens of the surrounding communities,” said Richard Keddington, CEO of Watertown Regional Medical Center.

Even though three small children keep her, and her husband, busy at home. Julie doesn't shy away from taking on additional responsibilities. She educates fellow nurses on how to keep patients safe and comfortable, helps MPTC hone the communication skills of future nurses and serves on the board for community events and school committees.

“She goes above and beyond each and every day to ensure that every person she encounters receives the highest level of care and compassion,” Keddington said.

The Mercy Award is considered the highest honor a LifePoint employee can receive. Each hospital winner, including Gentz, will be considered for LifePoint’s 2020 company-wide Mercy Award. The company-wide winner will be announced this summer and honored during a ceremony in Nashville, Tenn., in October, to which Gentz and all hospital winners are invited to attend.

About Watertown Regional Medical Center

Watertown Regional Medical Center (WRMC) has been providing the residents of Dodge and Jefferson counties with excellent healthcare for over 100 years. By placing patients’ needs first, WRMC’s services have grown to include Emergency and Urgent Care, Primary Care, Women’s Health, Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, and Heart and Vascular, Neurology, Pulmonology, Ophthalmology, and many other services. For more information and to see a complete list of the services offered, visit www.watertownregional.com.