Optum welcomes Ret. Army Lt. Gen. Patty Horoho to expand, support efforts to serve military members: 5 key notes

Retired Army Lt. Gen. Patty Horoho joined Optum to expand and support the company's efforts to serve active duty military, veterans and their families.


Here are five things to know:

1. Optum has partnered with federal and state government agencies in the past to serve patients across the spectrum of coverage and currently provides preventative health screenings and assessments for active troops. The company also leads a collaborative charged with updating the Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs clinical practice guidelines.

2. Ms. Horoho is charged with leading Optum's efforts to align its healthcare technology, operations and data analytics with its government experience to develop products and solutions that can meet the needs of veterans and military members.

3. Prior to joining Optum, Ms. Horoho spent 33 years leading large integrated health systems in the public and private sector. She was the first female and first nurse to serve as the Army Surgeon General and command the U.S. Army Medical Command, a large integrated healthcare organization serving 3.9 million active and retired military members and their families.

She was also the first female and nurse to serve as commander of Walter Reed Health Care System.

4. Throughout her career, Ms. Horoho has earned several recognitions including the President's Lifetime Achievement Award and American Red Cross's Women Who Care Humanitarian Award. Family Circle named her one of the most influential moms in the country.

5. Ms. Horoho is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and member of the American Association of Nurse Executives.

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