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As Halloween approaches, some of St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center’s world-renowned surgeons were allowed out of the operating rooms just long enough to wield scalpels on helpless Halloween pumpkins.
Surgeons sliced and diced at the hospital’s annual St. Joseph’s Doc-O-Lantern Pumpkin Carving Contest, creating scary masterpieces from their carved gourds in just 30 minutes. They also reminded Valley residents about important Halloween safety tips.
“Hospitals all over the nation can be haunted by Halloween-related injuries this time of year,” says reining 2012 Doc-O-Lantern champion and St. Joseph’s general surgeon Kevin Potter, MD. “As surgeons, we know the importance of safety and of being prepared. We don’t want anyone to have a gory Halloween.”