InnovaCare Health’s Rick Shinto and Penelope Kokkinides
When Hurricane Maria struck the island of Puerto Rico, it left the beautiful island in ruins. Water covered the roadways. Infrastructure was destroyed. Debris decorated the island. Thousands of people were left without homes, food and medical care. As time has passed, efforts and contributions from around the globe has helped the island get back on its feet. Puerto Rico is becoming the tropical, family fun, travel destination again. But to a percentage of its residents, especially the rural residents, they are still living in the disastrous aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
Because of the island’s need for medical attention, InnovaCare Health has stepped in to aid residents. The company is based out of New Jersey. Their efforts in Puerto Rico are funded by Medicare. They are the largest healthcare corporation working on the island to restore a sense of normality in regards of medical needs. Hurricane Maria caused dozens of doctors to close their practices. Hospitals were several damaged due to the natural disaster. So, medical clinics are few and far between. That is where InnovaCare Health has stepped in.
Thirty percent of the island’s rural population is still facing the very things that make it seem as though the hurricane just happened. InnovaCare Health helps these rural residents with their mobile clinics that go out to small communities and rural parts of Puerto Rico. All of their clinics, including locations and mobile, have a dedicated team of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, behavioral specialists and social workers to treat the physical symptoms and emotional symptoms these residents are having. The company serves to not only restore physical wellness through exercise classes and educational programs but the company also serves to diagnose and counsel those dealing with depression, grief and anxiety.
Rick Shinto, InnovaCare Health’s president and CEO, aims to make sure his company helps those facing poverty, unstable housing arrangements and overall impoverished lifestyles. The company’s chief administrative officer Penelope Kokkinides is met with the president. She say down with President Donald Trump in an effort to bring attention to the fact that Puerto Rico’s funding is decreasing. She raised the importance of how desperately the island needs adequate funding for its residents, whom are American citizens, to get the medical attention they are entitled to.