Touchstone Health, a health maintenance organization focused on the Medicare market, has appointed Penelope Kokkinides as COO.

In her new position, Ms Kokkinides will be responsible for planning and directing all aspects of the organization’s operational policies, objectives and initiatives.

Ms Kokkinides most recently served as vice president of clinical operations at Aveta. Prior to that, she was corporate vice president for care management and disease management at AmeriChoice, a business unit of UnitedHealth Group, where she was instrumental in developing and implementing the company’s health model.

Michael Muchnicki, president and CEO of Touchstone Health, said: We are very fortunate to have Penny in our team. She brings more than ten years of experience in governmental insurance programs and has proven success in reorganizing operations for managed care organizations. She brings a remarkable record of achievement with her that we know will be repeated at Touchstone Health.