Parkland grad remains on call at hospital during hurricane
When Hurricane Florence appeared to be closing in on Charleston, S.C,, an evacuation became necessary.
James Benner MD., a cardiac vascular cardiothoracic surgeon at Trident Hospital in that city knew e could not leave and would have to remain near to the hospital.
His wife, Veronica Poole Benner, took their children to a safer spot — south to Walt Disney World.
Dr. Benner is a graduate of Parkland High School as is his wife.
His parents Bob and Dolores Benner, live in South Whitehall.
Benner is a member of a group of surgeons — Palmetto Cardio Vascular Thoracic Associates — at Trident Hospital.
He rented a hotel room close to the hospital during the evacuation and kept his three dogs with him at the hotel, as he did not know if he would be able get back to his house.
Benner spent the next 35 hours in the hospital with only two hours of sleep during that time.
He was on call during the hurricane watch and needed to perform operations with the hurricane team.
After the hurricane watch was over, he went home and cooked eight dozen eggs, five pounds of bacon and five pounds of sausage and toast which he took back for the heart team, as he was so thankful that they stayed with him and worked with him that he decided to treat them to breakfast.