Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho, the first nurse and first woman appointed as surgeon general and commanding general of the U.S. Army Medical Command, will be the guest speaker for the Women in Business Signature Event.
The annual Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce event will be held Nov. 13 at the Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center.
Horoho became the Army’s 43rd surgeon general in December 2011 after being nominated by President Obama in May.
“She’s obviously a very accomplished woman in a very accomplished position,” said Sue Parr, the chamber’s president and CEO. “We were very fortunate that she was available. We serve the military and medical community, and we’re excited that she will be able to understand more about our community by being here.”
Parr said Thom Tuckey, the executive director of the CSRA Alliance for Fort Gordon, suggested Horoho be the speaker. He worked with Col. Christopher M. Castle at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center to extend the invitation.
Tuckey said he wanted to bring Horoho to Augusta because of her impressive credentials.
“When the community can bring in a very high-ranking military general … that all speaks very positively for the relationship between the fort and the community,” Tuckey said.
Horoho directs the third-largest health care system in the U.S., behind the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Hospital Corp. of America. With an annual budget of $13.5 billion, she manages more than 480 facilities and 29 executive agencies. She also oversees 140,000 military and civilian employees and more than 3.5 million beneficiaries globally, according to the Army’s Web site.
Local businesses will sponsor tickets for military personnel and their families to attend the event, Parr said.