InnovaCare Health is currently run by Dr. Richard Shinto, their president and Chief Executive Officer, and Penelope Kokkinides their Chief Administrative Officer. Shinto has more than twenty years of experience in managing health care. He has a Bachelors of Science from the Univesity of California, and received his medical degree from State University of New York. Kokkinides has extensive experience in managing large companies holding positions as Executive Vice Presidents and Chief Operation Officer at other health care companies. She has a Bachelors degree from Binghamton University in biological sciences and classical languages, a masters degree in social work from New York University, and a post-masters in alcohol and substance abuse.
In Puerto Rico, InnovaCare Health is doing it’s best to help the people recover from Hurricane Maria. They run the country’s largest Medicare Advantage health plans. They also set up a store front clinic in San Juan’s largest shopping center to provide physicals and referrals for more specialized care and services. Despite the recovery the island has made dozens of doctor offices on it continue to remain closed. Hospitals were badly damaged in the storm and after the hurricane many health care professionals fled for the mainland.
InnovaCare Health is determined to help address the specific health care needs of Puerto Ricans. These include disease prevention, drug management, and much more. Their store front Recargate provides a place for citizens to be safe and recharge, both physically and emotionally. It also offers educational sessions to promote wellness, exercise, and other necessary health care.
Originally Recargate was set to close on December 31st but with the need still high they have pushed that date to March 31st and may continue to push it if the need continues to exist. InnovaCare Health and Recargate have strived to meet the health needs of the population and have begun to realize that the poverty, housing instability, and lack of transportation are all big factors in the population’s health issues and needs.
With this in mind, Penelope Kokkinides had a meeting with President Donald Trump to address these issues. She was invited along with seven other women from caregiver organizations, and she used the invitation as a way to talk about the benefits that will come from having better health services in Puerto Rico. There is a great need for better funding from the government for the health care sector, especially in Puerto Rico.