President and CEO of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) since 2015, Madeline Bell had served as COO since 2007, managing over 13,000 employees for the $2-billion-a-year health system. During her tenure, she has led significant growth while maintaining the financial strength and clinical excellence of the organization.
Bell began her career as a pediatric nurse at CHOP, the top ranked children’s hospital in the United States, in 1983”later leaving the organization to move into hospital administration. She returned in 1995 to head Home Care and Case Management, and proceeded to hold a number of leadership positions. A mission-driven and creative leader, Bell has made numerous contributions to CHOP, including: the development of the largest pediatric ambulatory network in the country; the implementation of a single-platform electronic health record; the expansion of a 4-million-square-foot campus; and the development of numerous nationally recognized clinical and family-centered care programs.
Throughout her career, Bell has been a champion for cultural change and patient safety within the organization. Never forgetting her early career, Bell has a deep appreciation of the clinical world and always stays focused on improving care for children. She has special interests in urban planning, international healthcare and minority leadership development.
Madeline Bell is a native of the Philadelphia area. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters from Villanova University, and an MS in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to her many board positions, Madeline serves on the Villanova University College of Nursing Board of Consultors, the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank Economic Advisory Board, the Public Policy Committee for the Children’s Hospital Association and she is a Fellow of the Philadelphia College of Physicians.