Penelope Kokkinides Shares Ideas On Improving Healthcare In Puerto Rico 

Penelope Kokkinides has been Fort Lee, New Jersey based InnovaCare Health Services chief administrative officer since July of 2015. A health care professional with over 25 years of clinical and administrative experiences, Kokkinides has been a valuable addition to the company’s leadership team. She has a master’s in public health from Columbia University School of Public Health, a master’s in social work from New York University School of Social Work and graduated from Binghamton University with a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences.


Since completing her education, Penelope Kikkinides has held several important positions. She was executive vice president and COO of Centerlight Health System and Chief Operating Officer of both InnovaCare Health Services and Touchstone-Health HMO, Inc. Prior to that Kokkinides was Aveta, Incorporated’s vice president of clinical operations. She is a specialist in government health care programs and has vast knowledge and expertise in the development of clinical programs as well as managing operations and processes. Kokkinides’ focus is developing and implementing health care models and improving organizational infrastructure and efficiencies.


Some of the areas in which Penelope Kokkinides has experience and specialized knowledge include health care and clinical operations, case management, mental health, disease management, public health, social work, working with people with special needs, public administration and managing Medicare and Medicaid and other government-funded programs.


In 2017 Penelope Kokkinides met with President Trump as part of the ‘Women in Healthcare’ panel to discuss the most effective way to provide healthcare services to people in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. As CAO of InnovaCare, one of Puerto Rico’s leading providers of healthcare-related services through the Medicaid and Medicare Advantage programs, Kokkinides provided unique insight into the challenges people in Puerto Rico face. She also outlined a number of simple and effective ways to ensure all Puerto Ricans received the healthcare services they need.


Kokkinides addressed the importance of increasing Medicare Advantage’s funding in Puerto Rico. The most popular healthcare plan on the island, the funding for Medicare Advantage in Puerto Rico has been cut by more than $1 billion a year in Puerto Rico since 2011, Kokkinides pointed out. She explained that if Puerto Rico’s Medicaid system collapses, many on the island will be forced to move to the continental United States for health care. That would cost Medicaid three or four times more than fixing the system in Puerto Rico, Penelope Kokkinides said.