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Greater Trail hospital, IH, celebrate Halloween with pumpkin carving contest

KBRH doctors, nurses, staff and students’ creative energy comes out in annual pumpkin carving contest

The Kootenay Boundary Physicians Association (KBPA) hosted its fourth annual pumpkin carving contest at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital (KBRH) over Halloween along with their partners at Interior Health (IH).

Drs. Sue Babensee and Lindsay Mourant took the lead along with IH partners Genevieve David and Kristen Guerra.

There were 11 entrants from various KBRH departments including kitchen, maintenance, obstetrics, maternity, medical students, medical nursing, laboratory, rehabilitation, and medical imaging. The diversity of entries were extremely creative and the judging was tough.

The contest was judged by community members Brent Cross and Liz George.

“They are all excellent and it was hard to decide,” said George. “I think it’s great they were appreciated by everyone and that our community gets a chance to share in the display.”

“I wish I had seen all the pumpkins from previous years,” said Cross.

Liz George is a former KBRH nurse and the widow of Bob George who was a thoracic, vascular, and general surgeon in Trail from 1977 to 1997. Bob returned to the community for retirement after spending 10 years in semi-retirement in Saipan.

Brent Cross is a retired chemical engineer from Teck. His wife, Ev, was a nurse at KBRH for over 30 years in maternity and orthopedics, finishing her career in the Daly Pavilion. Brent and Ev were always involved with Trail Community in Bloom to beautify the city. Brent looked after the tree boulevard in Tadanac, and Ev was a “Graffiti Granny” covering over graffiti before it could inspire more.