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MCS Hires Executive Vice President of Innovation

By on April 8, 2020

Dr. Lourdes M. De Cárdenas Alfonso (Courtesy)

Looks Forward to Addition of Dr. De Cárdenas’ Manufacturing Sector Background to Health Insurance Provider’s Team

SAN JUAN — The CEO of health insurer MCS, Jim O’Drobinak, has announced the hiring of Dr. Lourdes M. De Cárdenas Alfonso as the company’s executive vice president of Innovation. 

Prior to joining MCS, DeCardenas served as vice president of Global Manufacturing at Stryker Instruments, managing more than 10 manufacturing facilities worldwide, including plants in Japan, Mexico, Europe, Ireland, the U.S. and Puerto Rico. She also served as vice president of the Puerto Rico Manufacturers Association and is a member of the Alliance for Economic Development. 

De Cárdenas has more than 34 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries, “having led multiple manufacturing facilities throughout the world,” the announcing media release reads. “This includes high-caliber companies such as Stryker, Eli Lilly, Astra-Zeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Warner-Lambert and others. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Science, with a concentration in Chemistry (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of Puerto Rico’s Río Piedras campus, and a PhD with a concentration in Physical Organic Chemistry from Purdue University in Indiana.”

The insurer said O’Drobinak “is convinced that Dr. De Cárdenas’ appointment will strengthen MCS’s operations and ensure the continuous flow and improvement of the company’s services and operations,” quoting him as saying, “I’m confident that Dr. De Cárdenas’ vast experience, talent and strategic approach will help MCS continue to be innovators in our healthcare delivery model.”

MCS’ release explains that the insurer is “focused on identifying opportunities for improvement” within the organization, while “maximizing efficiency in all its resources,” thus De Cárdenas’ experience in the manufacturing industry, “which is governed by the highest standards of operational quality and efficiency in the world,” will be an asset as she works “hand-in-hand with the best healthcare team” in the medical plan segment. 

 “As I take on my responsibility at MCS, I will be motivating people to exceed organizational goals, achieve operational efficiencies, implement continuous improvement initiatives, and develop and implement commercially aligned strategies to ensure sustained success – now and in the future,” De Cárdenas said. 

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