The 2016 AANA Nurse Anesthesia Annual Congress will be held Sept. 10-13 in Washington, D.C. The event will feature distinguished speakers, hands-on workshops and key educational sessions that discuss the latest technological advancements in anesthesia. The AANA Annual Congress also serves as an opportunity for CRNAs from all over the United States to network and learn from peers.
Patricia D. Horoho (born 1960) is a retired United States Army lieutenant general and was the 43rd U.S. Army Surgeon General and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Medical Command. She was the first female and first Nurse Corps Officer to hold those appointmentsHoroho was born in Fort Bragg in 1960, and attended St. Ann Catholic School and St. Patrick Catholic School in Fayetteville, North Carolina and graduated from E.E. Smith High School in 1978. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1982 and the Master of Science Degree as a Clinical Trauma Nurse Specialist from the University of Pittsburgh in 1992.In 1994, Horoho was the head nurse of the emergency room at Womack Army Medical Center. She treated the wounded in the aftermath of the Green Ramp disaster. Horoho was recognized as a Nurse Hero by the American Red Cross on September 14, 2002, for her actions during the September 11 attacks for giving first-aid to 75 victims. Among her military awards are the Distinguished Service Medal, the Order of Military Medical Merit medallion, Legion of Merit (2 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (6 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (3OLC), and the Army Achievement Medal (1 OLC). She was also recognized as a Legacy Laureate by the University of Pittsburgh in 2007. Horoho has served as Commander of: DeWitt Army Community Hospital in Fort Belvoir, Virginia (2004–2006), Walter Reed Health Care System in Washington D.C. (2007–2008), Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington (2008–2009), Western Regional Medical Command, based in Fort Lewis, Washington (2008–2010), and United States Army Medical Command, as Surgeon General of the United States Army (December 2011–December 3, 2015). She was succeeded by Lieutenant General Nadja West on 11 December 2015. Horoho retired from the Army on 1 February 2016.