By Justine Griffin

TAMPA — John D. Couris spent his first week on the job as Tampa General Hospital’s new chief executive holed up inside the island-bound institution, bracing for Hurricane Irma.

Despite the pressure that comes with securing the region’s only Level 1 Trauma Center for a potentially catastrophic Category 5 storm, Couris said it was the perfect way to get a feel for the team of more than 8,000 people the hospital employs.

“Our staff handled the storm flawlessly,” Couris said during a recent interview, his first since taking over the Davis Islands hospital on Sept. 1. “We train all year for something like this. We were prepared. Everyone worked together and we never lost power.”

Along with doing patient rounds beside nurses and doctors, Couris helped prepare meals for the staff during the worst of the storm.

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