Penelope Kokkinides champions for Medicaid Advantage increased funding

Penelope Kokkinides is the current Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of Innovacare, Inc. Before becoming the CAO, she had been the Chief Operating Officer (COO) in the organization and COO of Aveta Inc. She had served as Clinical Operation’s Vice- President. Penelope has over 20 years’ experience in healthcare, specializing in the managed care industry and government programs. Her knowledge and skills spread over clinical programs development and healthcare management processes, with a bias in organizational infrastructure and efficiencies improvement.

 

Before rejoining Innovacare Healthcare in 2013, she was Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Centerlight Healthcare, overseeing management as well as strategic direction of the managed care department. Penelope has worked at Touchstone Health as COO and at Americhoice as Corporate Vice President, heading Care Management and Disease Management. Americhoice is UnitedHealth Group’s business unit where Penelope developed and implemented the firm’s health model.

 

Penelope Kokkinides has a bachelor’s degree from Binghamton University where she studied classical languages and biological sciences. She holds a master’s degree from New York University where she specialized in social sciences and a public health master’s degree from the School of Public Health of Columbia University. Kokkinides studied substance and alcohol abuse in a post master’s degree program.

 

Recently, Penelope attended a White House meeting in which she discussed with President Trump and the CMS administrator, Seema Verma, on legislation of federal healthcare. In the session, Penelope deliberated with Seema and Trump on the importance of increasing Medicare Advantage funds in Puerto Rico. Since 2011, the federal funding for the Medicare Advantage had been reduced in Puerto Rico and had continued to drop over the last few years. Penelope affirmed her hope in the current administration that it would consider adjusting the payments for Medicare Advantage to facilitate their coming out of the predicament. She said that solving the federal funding cuts issue would not only be doing the right thing but also a responsible thing.

 

Medicare Advantage is the most famous plan in Puerto Rico, and Innovacare Heath has about 560,000 beneficiaries. The White House meeting focused on women’s significance in the healthcare sector. President Donald Trump recognizes that women play a crucial role in the American healthcare profession being that many are nurses and doctors. The meeting concluded with Seema Verma offering extremely favorable adjustment for the healthcare industry in Puerto Rico, which for Penelope was the administration sector’s significant contribution.

 

Dr. Saad Saad puts patients first

Dr. Saad Saad realized his career dreams at just a young age. His two older brothers who were both working construction at the time (and later became engineers) and he wanted to be just like them. It is a very common thing that younger siblings want to be just like their older brother and sisters. Well, the young future doctor was working construction with his brothers during the hot summers in Kuwait where he was raised. It can get up to 110 degrees Fahrenheit there. It was the unrelenting heat that made Dr. Saad Saad change his mind and opt out for a profession that included the indoors and air conditioning. Soon after he chose the life of doctor and surgeon. He moved to the United States and trained under the country’s best pediatrician Dr. H Biemann Othersen. Invaluable lessons were taught especially when it came to caring for each patient. They deserve the upmost respect and equal care regardless of their race, background, financial standing, etc. Dr. Saad Saad really took this to heart and has carried this with him when treating all this patients. He actually has won the Patients’ Choice Award in 2014 and the Compassionate Doctor Recognition Award in 2014.

 

The kind doctor is affiliated with a number of hospitals including Monmouth Medical Center, Clara Maass Medical Center, and Jersey Shore University Medical Center. He is a hard worker and puts the needs of his patients in the forefront. Dr. Saad Saad has very high standards that include no music or personal chatting in the operating room. He also makes sure to get plenty of sleep the night before and a proper breakfast to start off his day on the right foot. This makes things a lot easier and focused. The inspiring doctor has worked hard for his success. He says if a refugee from Palestine can make it, anyone can. With inspiring words like that, it’s hard not to get moving on your dreams. One of the best $100 he spent was on a $99 dollar plane ticket from Cairo, Egypt to Beirut, Lebanon. Dr. Saad Saad took his ECFMG exam there and it changed his life indefinitely.

 

Retired Co Medical Director at Hovnanian Children Hospital Dr. Saad Saad has performed countless pediatric surgeries on children ranging from infants to teenagers. Giving back is also in his nature and has gone on eight medical missions to Jerusalem. Poor disadvantaged children got the often complex surgeries they needed thanks to the help of Dr. Saad Saad.

 

The doctor attended Cairo University in Egypt where he received his medical degree. Soon after he started practicing medicine and has had a very lengthy career. With over 42 years under his belt, Dr. Saad Saad has won many awards and has helped many children get the kind of medical procedure they need. He currently lives in Eatontown, New Jersey with his wife of 42 years. They have four children together. Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/drsaadsaad12