Ellen Tracy is currently a Vice President and Associate Chief Nursing Officer at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and a Board-Certified Nurse Executive. Ellen has over 35 years of professional nursing experience, primarily based at CHOP. She has been instrumental in re-defining the care model delivery throughout the hospital, improving the patient and family experience and leading the daily operations at CHOP.
Ellen leads several hospital wide initiatives, and champions change to improve interprofessional relationships, communication and optimal patient and family outcomes. Ellen has co-authored publications focused on flexible staffing, centralized staffing model, quality improvement, oncological care delivery and patient safety. She has lectured extensively on mentoring, executive leadership and capacity management.
Most of Ellen’s career has focused on leadership and management in a large quaternary pediatric academic medical center, but her clinical passion is pediatric oncology. She earned both her Master’s and Bachelor’s in Nursing from Villanova University.
Education and Training
NEA – BCNurse Executive, Advanced (NEA-BC)
BSN - Villanova University, Villanova, PA
MSN - Villanova University, Villanova, PA
Titles and Academic Titles
Vice President, Associate Chief Nursing Officer
Departments and Services
Womer RB, Tracy E, Soo-Hoo W, Bickert B, DiTaranto S, Barnsteiner JH. Multidisciplinary systems approach to chemotherapy safety: rebuilding processes and holding gains. J Clin Oncol. 2002; 20(24):4705-12. Cited in PubMed: PMID 12488417. Read the abstract
Manning ML, McGowan K, Tracy E, DiTaranto S, Bell L. Successful control of vancomycin-resistant enterococci transmission in a pediatric oncology unit: a four year experience. Am J Infect Control. 2001.
Tracy E. Vancomycin resistant enterococcus on a pediatric oncology unit [abstract presentation]. Children’s Oncology Group Nursing Meeting, Chicago, IL, Apr 2001.
Posters and Presentations
Tracy E. A celebration of the first year of the professional practice model [presentation]. Nursing Grand Rounds, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; 2006 Aug; Philadelphia, PA.
Tracy E. Who moved my cheese: navigating organizational change [presentation]. The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Clinical Nurse IV Forum; 2005 May; Philadelphia, PA.
Tracy E. Creating a program to mentor staff in poster presentations [presentation]. The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Clinical Nurse IV Forum; 2005 Oct; Philadelphia, PA.
Tracy E. Successful reduction of chemotherapy adverse drug events [presentation]. National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions Collaborative; 2004 Oct; Philadelphia, PA.
Tracy E. The benefits of professional organization membership [presentation]. Panel presenter, Nursing Grand Rounds, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; 2004; Philadelphia, PA.
Tracy E, Simms S. Working with challenging families. University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing Graduate Program; Mar 2003; Philadelphia, PA.
Tracy E. Stressbusters: helping pediatric oncology nurses navigate the rough spots [poster presentation]. Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses Annual Meeting; 2003 Oct, Philadelphia, PA.
Leadership and Memberships
2009-present, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation Nursing Conference
2008-present, Retention Collaborative, CHOP
2007-present, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation
2005-present, CHOPLink project
1998-present, Surviving Cancer Competently Intervention Program
Memberships in professional organizations
American Cancer Society
- Childhood Cancer Advisory Committee
American Organization of Nurse Executives
Oncology Nursing Society
Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses
American Cancer Society, Nursing Education Committee
Southeastern Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders
Children’s Oncology Group
Patient Experience Ratings
About the Patient Experience Rating System
The Patient Experience Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown above from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.
Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.
We are committed to true transparency. However, to ensure the comments are fair and correctly attributed, we review each one before posting to the website. We exclude entire comments that disclose patient's protected health information, are off-topic, or include other confidential or inappropriate content. Comments will appear on provider bios only if providers have a minimum number of comments.
Comments are shared internally for education purposes to ensure that we are doing our very best for the patients and families for whom we are privileged to care.
The comments are submitted by patients and families and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not reflect the views of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.