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Madeline Bell

Madeline Bell

President & CEO

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Madeline Bell is the President and CEO of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), the top ranked children’s hospital in the United States. From 2007 to 2015, Madeline served as the Chief Operating Officer at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In that role, she managed over 12,000 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.

As a nurse, Madeline began her career in pediatrics and moved from a variety of different nursing roles into hospital administration in 1989. During her time at CHOP where she has been since 1995, she has led the development of the ambulatory network, including home care, physician practice acquisition and community hospital partnerships; the expansion of a 4 million square foot main campus; implementation of the electronic health record and the development of numerous nationally recognized clinical and family-centered care programs.

Madeline is a mission-driven and creative leader recognized nationally for innovations in pediatric operations management, public policy and family centered care.  She is adept at driving change and instilling a culture of operations management discipline. She has special interests in urban planning, international healthcare and minority leadership development.

Madeline 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 a Master of Science in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania.  Madeline serves as a board member for the University City District, the Schuylkill River Development Corporation, the Delaware Valley Healthcare Council, The Health Alliance and the Children’s Hospital Association.  In addition to her board positions, Madeline serves on the Villanova University College of Nursing Board of Consultors, the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank Economic Advisory Board and the Public Policy Committee for the Children’s Hospital Association.  She serves as an advisor to international hospitals and frequently lectures on the topics of children’s healthcare and women in leadership.

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