Lt. Gen. Horoho Lauds Innovation at Nursing and Allied Health Forum

Mike Morlacci

posted September 25, 2017

The first woman and nurse to become surgeon general for the United States Army told a crowd of more than 100 University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown students that the coming decades will likely bring unimaginable innovation to a healthcare industry that is evolving every day.

Horoho and Grady

Lt. Gen. (RET) Patricia D. Horoho (left)
and Dr. Janet Grady

Keynote speaker Lt. Gen. (RET) Patricia D. Horoho, commander of the U.S. Army’s Medical Command and 43rd Army Surgeon General addressed Pitt-Johnstown’s inaugural Nursing and Allied Health Celebration and Innovation Forum.

The September 25, 2017, event was held at the John P. Murtha Center for Public Policy and National Competitiveness.

Despite the coming changes, the “heartbeat of healthcare” – the men and women who go to work in the field every day to serve others – will remain constant, Horoho said.

“While these techno-innovations are lifesaving, there’s arguably nothing more healing than human kindness.

“The artificial heart will keep a man alive, but the touch of your hand gives him hope for the future,” she said. “It’s the spirit of service.”

Lt. Gen. Horoho was the first nurse and the first female in the Department of Defense’s 239-year history to hold these posts.

She received her Master of Science degree as a clinical trauma nurse specialist from the University of Pittsburgh in 1992. Pitt has recognized her as a legacy laureate, a Distinguished Alumna and Fellow, and awarded her the Doctor of Public Service in Nursing and the distinguished School of Nursing Alumna award. 

The “heartbeat of healthcare” is pulsating at Pitt-Johnstown.

President Jem Spectar noted that, in only five years since its launch, the Pitt-Johnstown nursing and health sciences program has made extraordinary strides, including a greater-than 93-percent student pass rate on the National Council Licensure Exam.

Vice President of Academic Affairs and Nursing and Health Sciences Division Chair Dr. Janet Grady oversaw the well-attended and highly interactive event.

The program featured 10 student and faculty presentations on topics ranging from Enhancing Nurses’ Pain Assessment to Improve Patient Satisfaction to The Effect of Risk-Taking Behaviors on Hemoglobin A1c in Women with Type 1 Diabetes.


The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown is marking its 90th anniversary well as the 50th year of the campus in its Richland Township location. Pitt-Johnstown was founded in 1927 and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by the Princeton Review as a “Best in the Northeast” college, by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School,” and by Pennsylvania Business Central as a "Top 100 Organization.” The distinctive combination of Pitt-Johnstown’s people, programs, and place results in exceptional performance in preparing students for career and professional success. Pitt-Johnstown is the regional leader, educating for success in the Real World.