The Contribution of Penelope Kokkinides

One more qualified member of InnovaCare Health’s leadership is Penelope Kokkinides. Upon her return to the company, Kokkinides was named Chief Administrative Officer. Her first time working for the company, she served as COO but left to explore other options at other companies.Immediately following her departure from InnovaCare, she took a job at Centerlight HealthCare. She started out serving as Executive VP and COO. Her job was overseeing management and strategic direction of her division. She also worked with AmeriChoice, where she achieved one of her greatest accomplishments. She played a major role in developing and implementing AmeriChoice’s newest health model.Before joining the managed care industry, Kokkinides attended Binghamton University, New York University, and Columbia University School of Public Health. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from Binghamton. From New York University and Columbia University, she earned three Master’s degrees.

There’s no better company for Kokkinides to work at right now. Although she’s explored other companies, InnovaCare Health is one of the best in the business. InnovaCare, Inc. is single-handedly redefining healthcare management. The overall mission of InnovaCare physicians and staff is overcoming the challenges faces those desperate for quality medical care.InnovaCare accomplishes that mission by building patient-provider relationships. The stronger the relationship, the healthier each outcome is and the better quality of life each patient experiences. That’s why quality medical care is important. Nearly every aspect and project the company works on is driven by quality and efficiency.Another invaluable contributor to the company is Dr. Richard Shinto.

Dr. Shinto currently serves as President and CEO of the entire company and even some of InnovaCare’s subsidiaries.Due to his tremendous accomplishments in Puerto Rico, he was named CEO of InnovaCare’s Health Plans in that country.Dr. Shinto’s career spans over 20-plus years in managed care. He focuses more on the healthcare aspect of the industry, specializing in clinical and operational healthcare. To this day, he’s a practicing internist and pulmonologist in Southern California, where he maintains medical tenure. He’s also written dozens of clinical medicine articles, which have been published by major publications.Throughout his career, he gained invaluable experience at a number of healthcare institutions. While leading InnovaCare, he also headed Aveta Inc. until its sale in 2012. Prior to that, he worked at NAMM California.

The Beneful Brand – A Pacemaker

In 2001, Nestle, a global corporation known for the manufacture and production of good and healthy food and beverages, childcare (the Gerber brand), and health sciences, etc., purchased Ralston Purina, a nationally known manufacturer of pet food, treats and litter for some 80 years. That very same year, Nestle Purina introduced the Beneful Premium Dog Food brand. Currently, Beneful enjoys a 94% customer approval rate in the U.S.

Long has it been Purina’s goal to raise nutrition for dogs. The growth rate of Nestle Purina’s Beneful is a success story, and as a result, Beneful has become one of most extensive and nutritive dog food and treats menus ever for dogs of all ages. Altogether, 39 varieties of dog food and snack/treats are marketed currently. This is because Beneful embarked on using ingredients that are natural and nourishing in dry, wet, and treats menus: proteins (chicken, turkey, lamb, salmon, beef, liver, bacon); vegetables (tomatoes, carrots, spinach, peas, green beans, corn); eggs; and carbohydrates (wild rice, brown rice, barley, sweet potatoes, pasta).

There is some ongoing “dog talk” about corn meal gluten in dog food. Healthy corn does not contain the type of gluten that is harmful. Bargain dog foods may or may not contain the harmful corn meal; premium dog foods do not.

Competition in the dog food market has increased since the introduction on facebook of Beneful. Beneful’s competitors are organic/holistic dog food manufacturers and other premium dog food preparations that are more costly and marketed by smaller manufacturers. Beneful’s ingredients are closely aligned with organic dog food ingredients. Also, it is a premium dog food with a considerable market presence, allowing Nestle Purina to offer it at a more appealing cost to dog owners.

The distinct attractions of Beneful to organic dog foods are extensive menu choices and pricing. But, the level of quality and research that is put into creating Nestle Purina’s longstanding goal to raise nutrition for dogs is the all-important reason that dog owners purchase Beneful, and in so doing, continue to raise the Nestle Purina standard. Beneful provides information on its product packaging that helps owners decide which menu formula is right for their dogs. Seeing a positive difference in a pet’s health and well being that can be attributed to good nourishment is “Beneful,” or something that is “full of goodness.”

Nestle Purina owns facilities in Flagstaff, Arizona; Fairburn, Georgia; and Davenport, Iowa, that produce this “full of goodness” dog food. Product quality and safety are monitored with the implementation of a food safety program, comprehensive in nature, at each plant. This program, in part, requires the testing of over 150 substances to ensure quality and safe pet foods.