InnovaCare Health: Meet Rick Shinto and Penelope Kokkinides

InnovaCare Health

InnovaCare Health is a top provider of healthcare products. The company currently has more than 200,000 registered members and 7,500 network providers. The company offers healthcare plans through two divisions that are Medicare Advantage Plans and Provider Networks.

Penelope Kokkinides

Penelope Kokkinides is the chief administrative officer at InnovaCare Health. She previously served with the company as the chief operating officer. She is qualified to work with government programs that include Medicaid and Medicare, and she has years of experience developing and managing healthcare and clinical programs. She was the chief management officer at Centerlight HealthCare and the head of operations at Touchstone Health. She also worked at AmeriChoice as the corporate vice president who was in charge of the care management and disease management division. At Aveta Inc., she was the vice president and chief operating officer.

Rick Shinto

Rick Shinto is the current president and chief executive officer at InnovaCare Health. He started his career in the healthcare industry as a specialist of internal medicine and pulmonologist. Mr. Shinto then worked at MedPartners as the vice president. At MedPartners, he was tasked with medical management, and he also worked at Cal Optimal Health as the senior medical officer. During his time at Pathways Management Company, he was the operations manager and CMO. He worked at North American Medical Management of California as the senior officer who was responsible for medical management. In 2008, he started working at Aveta Inc. as a member of the management team. He was later promoted to president of the company and remained at this position until it was acquired in 2012. Mr. Shinto is on the board of directors at America’s Physician Groups and America’s Health Insurance Plans. He previously served on the Financial Solvency Standards Board for the California Department of Managed Care.

Mr. Shinto was educated at the University of California at Irvine, which is where he obtained his bachelor’s of science degree, and he earned his medical degree from the State University of New York in Stony Brook. At the University of Redlands, he got his M.B.A.

Mr. Shinto has been granted a number of awards for his dedication to making healthcare more affordable and attainable. He was given the Access to Caring Award and named a Top Minority Executive in 2018. He was also named the Entrepreneur of the Year in 2012.

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