First place: Angie Van De Water, Medical Weight Loss and Wellness, 1458 Horizon Blvd., No. 150, Mount Pleasant

Second place: Kimberly Granger, Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints Pediatrics

Third place (tie): Vanessa Bohmann, Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints Emergency Room and Ann Richow, Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints NICU

Angie Van De Water, a nurse at Medical Weight Loss and Wellness, 1458 Horizon Blvd., No. 150, in Mount Pleasant, has claimed the title as this year's Best Nurse in Racine County.

Van De Water's interest in nursing started at a very young age. "When I was little, I used to read the medical dictionary," Van De Water said. "I've always loved helping people."

Van De Water has been working at Medical Weight Loss and Wellness since it opened more than five years ago, and her focus on others has helped her build a successful career in nursing. "I like to help other people more than myself," she said.

When asked what she enjoys most about her job, Van De Water says that she enjoys the relationships that she builds with her patients, and adds that it's a "satisfying" career.

“I build a lot of deep relationships with people," Van De Water said. "I mean, a lot of patients become like friends and family to me.”

— Alyssa Mauk

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