October 21, 2022

Winners of 2022 pumpkin-carving contests announced

The best of this year’s gourd-as-artistic-medium entries from Vanderbilt departments and from Vanderbilt Wilson County Hospital

Neurology, with its depiction of a normal brain and a brain with hydrocephalus, captured the Best Carved prize.

Photos by Emily Cox (main campus) and courtesy Traci Pope (Vanderbilt Wilson County Hospital)

After a COVID-imposed hiatus, the Health Plus-sponsored pumpkin carving contest returned to the the VUH Plaza at the Oct. 20 Farmers’ Market.

The entries were on display and market-goers could vote on the winners in the categories Best Carved, Best Decorated and Best Overall.

“Each were fantastic displays of creativity,” said Emily Cox, senior health educator at Health Plus who oversaw the contest. “We appreciate the effort put forth by all and your support in making the return of the Pumpkin Carving Contest a success.”

Vanderbilt Wilson County Hospital also had a pumpkin carving contest, and winners of that competition are also below.

The winners:

Best Carved: Neurology 

Neurology’s synapses were all firing— the department’s entry depicted a normal brain and a brain with hydrocephalus and it captured the Best Carved prize.

Best Decorated: VUH Dialysis and Apheresis 

The Best Decorated prize naturally flowed to VUH Dialysis and Apheresis for its distinctive kidney-shaped jack-o-lantern carving.

Best Overall, VUMC: Ob-Gyn 

The Best Overall prize for VUMC was delivered to Ob-Gyn for its tableau of patient care.

Best Overall, VU: Blair School of Music 

In the Best Overall prize for VU category, the Blair School of Music scored with its depiction of the Blair Witch Project.


Vanderbilt Wilson County Hospital winners:

First place: Finance / Registration

It was a sunny day, sweeping the clouds away when VWCH’s Finance / Registration department created its winning display of familiar Sesame Street characters.


Second place: Case Management

The Case Management Magical Fairy created some magic for a second place finish at VWCH.


Third place: Women’s Services

The stork came calling in this third place entry from Women’s Services.


Bonus: Chili Cookoff winners

VWCH also held its first Best of the Best Chili Cook Off, and the winners are: WINNER: Sharon Pertiller, center; 2nd Place: Laura Williams-Marcum, right; 3rd Place: Hannah Strasser, left.