Shinto and Kokkinides: Pioneers for InnovaCare Health

InnovaCare Health, is a health care company that works to provide better, more cost-effective plans and physician practice service options for consumers. Their goal is to provide the consumer with quality managed services, through Provider Networks and Medicare and Medicaid Advantage Programs. Currently, MMM Healthcare and PMC Medicare Choice, are two Medicare Advantage Plans serving InnovaCare members; both of which are the leading healthcare plans in Puerto Rico.

Leading the InnovaCare team are, President and CEO Rick Shinto and CAO Penelope Kokkinides. Dr. Richard Shinto has over 20 years of experience in the field of managed care healthcare. However, before becoming President and CEO of Innovacare, Dr. Shinto worked as CEO of Aveta Inc., Chief Medical Officer of NAMM California, CEO and COO for Medical Pathways Management Company and he was also the CMO for Cal Optima Health Plan in Orange County, California. In 2014, Dr. Shinto was recognized with an “Access to Caring” award for his pioneering work in the managed healthcare industry.

Before rejoining the team in 2015 and becoming the Chief Administrative Officer of InnovaCare, Penelope Kokkinides served as the COO of InnovaCare and Aveta Inc. as well as the VP of Clinical Operations. Much like Dr. Shinto, she too has at least 20 or more years of experience in the field, specifically in the area of Medicare and Medicaid. Recently, she attended a meeting in the White House with President Trump and CMS Administrator, Seema Verma, to discuss federal healthcare legislation. Read more about Penelope on

Kokkinides was one among eight other women whom were invited to the “Women in Healthcare” panel. Her main focus while at the panel, was to raise awareness at the importance of increased funding for Medicare in Puerto Rico, since approximately over $1 billion of its federal funding has been cut since 2011. Her goal at the end of the panel, was to fix the cuts and keep the Puerto Rican Medicare system from collapsing and leaving hundreds of thousands of members without affordable healthcare plans. With the knowledge and experience of both Dr. Shinto and Kokkinides, InnovaCare has great leaders pushing the company forward to continue providing excellent service to its community.