Patricia Horoho, Lieutenant General in the U.S. Army and the first woman and first nurse to serve as the Army’s Surgeon General, will discuss how health care can cause harm by sins of commission and omission.
“Primum Non Nocere: ‘Above all, do no harm.’ Harm is present in today’s healthcare system. We need to admit that so that we can fix it. — Patricia Horoho
Lieutenant General Patricia Horoho is the first woman and first nurse Army Surgeon General. Born into a military family, Patricia joined the army herself as an emergency room nurse after training in clinical trauma nursing. Patricia has treated victims in disaster situations from the Green Ramp incident to the September 11 attacks, and was recognized as a Nurse Hero by the Red Cross for her work. Before becoming the Army Surgeon General, Patricia commanded the Army Nurse Corp and was deployed to Afghanistan as a special assistant to the commander of the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command. Patricia is decorated with numerous military awards, including the Distinguished Service Medal and the Order of Military Medical Merit Medallion.If you could choose to stay any age forever, what age would you choose?
Fifty. What a great age! It was the most liberating year for me. All the experiences and gifts of the first 49 years focused forward on the rest of my life. It feels like the best years lie ahead.
If you were immortal for a day, what would you do?
What do you do to lift your spirits?
Wake up early every day happy—enjoying the fresh start of a new day with a clean slate.
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