October 30, 2017

Pumpkin-carving winners announced for 2017

Squash-based creativity on full display at annual competition.

Jaclyn Watkins, MD, MS, and her daughter Jubilee look at the pumpkin carving contest. Pumpkin carving contest pumpkins on display. The Health Plus Pumpkin Carving contest pumpkins are on display for voting at the event. Some general shots of individual pumpkins, as well as some voters looking over the pumpkins and marking ballots, will be for VUMC Voice.Photo by Joe Howell

Jaclyn Watkins, M.D., assistant professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, and her daughter Jubilee, marvel at the entries at the pumpkin carving competition. Photo by Joe Howell.

At Oct. 26’s final VUMC Farmers’ Market of the year, attendees were given the chance to view the entries to this year’s Health Plus Pumpkin Carving Competition. Earlier, departments had been invited to submit one entry, and those at the market got the chance to view the squash-based creativity and vote for favorites in several categories.

Thirteen departments were represented in the contest and more than 300 voting cards were submitted by the shrewd judges of the pumpkin-carving arts.

“We hope this was a fun way to celebrate fall and work together with colleagues,” said Emily Cox, health educator at Health Plus who oversaw the contest. “All the pumpkins presented were a great display of creativity and talent.”

Carolynn Nail, RN, MSN, and Debbie Harman, RN, MSN, thoughtfully consider their votes in the Health Plus Pumpkin Carving contest. Photo by Joe Howell.


Best Overall, VUMC, and Best Decorated — Surgical Outcomes Center for Kids (SOCKS). Photo by Emily Cox.


Best Carved — Interpreter Services. Photo by Emily Cox.


Most Representative of Department — ICU Delirium and Cognitive Impairment Study Group. Photo by Joe Howell.


Best Overall, VU — Conferences. Photo by Emily Cox.