Penelope Kokkinides has been the Chief Administrative Officer at InnovaCare Healthcare since July 2015. Last week, Kokkinides met with President Trump to talk about managed health care. Inflation and medical advances are two of the reasons why health insurance costs keep going up. Ms. Kokkinides wanted to present her Innovative Healthcare company as a model for other healthcare providers to follow suit. The idea is that Innovative Healtcare wants to provide people with high quality healthcare at affordable prices.
Highly educated, Penelope Kokkinides graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School in 1987. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in Bio Sciences and Classical Languages from Binghampton College in 1991. Kokkinides received her MSW from New York University School of Social work in 1995. In 2010, Ms. Kokkinides earned a Master’s in Public Health degree from Columbia University School of Public Health. For the past five years, Penelope has been on the school board of the Brooklyn Tech Alumni Foundation.
After receiving her MSW degree, Penelope Kokkinides was appointed the Vice President of Disease Management and CM at United Healthcare. In the middle of her four years of employment there, Kokkinides was able to become Vice President for Disease Management PCM at America’s Choice that is affiliated with United Healthcare. In September 2006, Ms. Kokkinides left United Healthcare to work at Aveta, Inc as their Vice President of Clinical Operations. In seven years, Kokkinides worked as CEO in three different healthcare systems, including InnovaCare Healthcare before taking over her present position of Chief Administrative Officer for InnovaCare Healthcare.
As Chief Administrative Officer, Penelope Kokkinides wants to improve the healthcare system in Peurto Rico. In the fall of 2017, Hurricane Maria caused $91.6 billion in damages to Peurto Rico. There are 91,000 people who were hospitalized from the hurricane. Many of the people effected by Maria have Medicare coverage. Each year, it seems the funding is getting less and less. Kokkinides is determined to improve healthcare and Medicare in Peurto Rico. Puerto Rico has been a United States territory for almost a century and a quarter. Even though the citizens of Peurto Rico have voted since 1914 not to obtain United States statehood, the citizens of Peurto Rico are part of United States’ responsibility. It is important for Penelope Kokkinides to get President Trump to understand how important improving the healthcare system in Puerto Rico is.