Since August 2016, Penelope Kokkinides had been the Chief Administrative Officer at InnovaCare Health Solution, a healthcare service firm that implements government health policies within Puerto Rico.
Before joining InnovaCare in 2015, as the Chief Administrative Officer, Ms. Kokkinides served as the COO at Touchstone health as from July 2008. She also worked for Aveta Inc. as the COO from September 2006 to 2012. Before joining Aveta, Kokkinides worked as Business Deputy President for Care Administration and Disease Control at AmeriChoice, a corporate unit of UnitedHealth Group, where she was influential in forming and executing the healthcare model. Penelope Kokkinides has also served in the capacity of CEO and Executive Deputy President of CenterLight Healthcare, where she was in charge of all management and the strategic decision of the care unit.
Kokkinides has over twenty years of experience specializing in government medicare and medicaid, and other managed care sectors. Her expertise and experience in the healthcare sector have enabled her to develop clinical programs and manage healthcare procedure and operation, with an emphasis on refining productivity and organizational setup.
Penelope Kokkinides graduated from Binghamton University with a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences and Classical Language. She holds two Master’s degrees in Social Work and Public Health from New York University and Columbia University, School of Public health respectively. She also received a Postmaster’s Program advance degree in Alcohol and Substance Abuse from New York University.
The meeting with the U.S President
Kokkinides was among a panel of women who had a meeting with The U.S President, J. Trump. The Women in Healthcare Panel was a conference to address the need for more collaboration with all shareholder in the health sector. The Panel also included other executives and professional caregivers.
During the meeting, Kokkinides pointed out that the present administration, though CMS is planning to adjust Medicare Advantage payment, which could address the issue being experienced in the Puerto Rico healthcare sector. She said that fixing the fee is the most appropriate action that can be taken, and if the adjustment is not affected, then the Medicaid costs are expected to rise by more than three times from the current cost. The other significant discussion during the convention was about the responsibilities of women in the healthcare sector.
When Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico in September, it struck the heart of Innovacare family, including Kokkinides’. More than 450,000 members, including 2,000 Innovacare employees were rendered homeless and impacted by the storm. Innovacare answered the distress call, and up to date, the organization is still on the ground providing aid.