St. Joseph’s surgeons square off in pumpkin carving contest

Top surgeons at one Valley hospital took time out of their busy schedules to help some very special patients this Halloween.

“It’s my first time,” said Dana Chase, Gynecologic Oncology surgeon at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. “It’s very challenging, but fun and exciting.”

Chase and several colleagues pulled out their scalpels to give some large pumpkins a makeover.

The doctors squared off in the hospital’s annual Doc-O-Lantern pumpkin carving contest.

“So the key is when you have a time limit, keep it simple,” said general surgeon, Kevin Potter. “So minimize the amount of carving you have to do.”

Potter and the rest of the crew had thirty minutes to show off their pumpkin carving skills.

“So this year, I used several vegetables as the prosthetics and it’s homage to the presidential debates,” Potter said. “The moderator in the middle is Bob Schieffer with the silver hair and then there is President Broccoli Obama and Mitt Hominy.”

“I did Michelle Obama and the ribbon obviously is for women’s cancer,” Chase said.

The pumpkins makeover took on more of a political theme this year with the upcoming presidential election next Tuesday.

So who would be crowned this year’s winner for the best pumpkin creation? The first prize went to Dr. Kevin Potter.

“I just want to say I’m glad I won this year, so I can retire,” Potter said laughing.

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