4 things to know about Madeline Bell, incoming CEO of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia President and COO Madeline Bell will become the new CEO of the hospital July 1.

Ms. Bell will succeed Steven M. Altschuler, MD, as CEO, whose retirement was announced by the CHOP board of trustees. 

Here are four things to know about Ms. Bell.

1. Ms. Bell will be the organization's first female CEO.

2. Ms.Bell began her healthcare career as a pediatric nurse at CHOP in 1983, later leaving the organization to move into hospital administration. 

2. She returned to CHOP in 1995 to head home care and case management and has since served in a number of leadership positions at CHOP. She advanced from vice president to senior vice president to executive vice president and COO in 2007, according to CHOP. She became president and COO in 2010.

3. During her time with CHOP, Ms. Bell has made various contributions. These include the development of the largest pediatric ambulatory network in the U.S.; the implementation of a single-platform EHR; the expansion of a 2-billion-square-foot campus; and the development of various nationally recognized clinical and family-centered care programs. She has also secured many philanthropic gifts to help further CHOP's mission.

4. Ms. Bell serves on various boards, is a Fellow at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia and serves as an advisor to international hospitals.   


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