Madeline Bell, President and CEO
Madeline Bell is the President and CEO of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), which is one of the top-ranked children’s hospitals in the United States and is ranked No. 1 on Forbes’ 2022 list of America’s Best Large Employers. A bold and visionary leader, Ms. Bell champions change with empathy and integrity, inspiring the nearly 24,000 team members who work in the hospital’s $3.6-billion-a-year health system and research institute to create breakthroughs that have worldwide impact.
Ms. Bell began her career as a pediatric nurse at CHOP in 1983, later leaving the organization to move into hospital administration. She returned to CHOP in 1995, and has since held a number of leadership positions, advancing from Vice President to Senior Vice President to Executive Vice President to Chief Operating Officer. In 2015, she assumed the title of President and CEO.
Ms. Bell has made numerous contributions to CHOP, including the development of one of the largest pediatric ambulatory care networks in the country; the expansion of the 4-million-square-foot Philadelphia Campus; the creation of the 250,000-square-foot Middleman Family Pavilion, an inpatient hospital on CHOP’s King of Prussia Campus; and the development of the Center for Advanced Behavioral Healthcare in West Philadelphia. She has also led the development of many nationally recognized clinical care programs and has secured many philanthropic gifts to help further the organization’s mission.
Ms. Bell is Chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia’s Board of Directors and serves on the boards of Comcast-NBCUniversal, the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, the Schuylkill River Development Corporation, and Solutions for Patient Safety, and on the executive committee of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. She is a member of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia and of The Economic Club of New York. She is also an adviser to numerous international hospitals and frequently lectures on the topics of children’s healthcare and women in leadership.
Ms. Bell has received many awards and accolades, including The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Industry Icon Award and the Philadelphia Business Journal’s Most Admired CEO Award. She was named one of Modern Healthcare’s “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2021, one of its “Top 25 Women Leaders” in 2019, and one of its “50 Most Influential Clinical Executives” in 2020 and 2022. She was also included on Forbes’ 2021 “50 Over 50: Vision” list, which celebrates women over 50 who are shaping the future of science, technology and art; on Philadelphia Business Journal’s “Power 100 2022” list; on WomenInc.’s 2018 list of “Most Influential Corporate Directors;” on Philadelphia Magazine’s 2021 list of “The 76 Most Influential People in Philadelphia;” and on City & State PA’s 2021 “Philly Power 100” list and 2022 “Health Care Power 100” list.
Ms. Bell is the host of Breaking Through with Madeline Bell, a podcast that features interviews with CHOP doctors and scientists, as well as philanthropists, innovators, and business and civic leaders, and is the author of the blog Heels of Success, which offers guidance to women on how to elevate themselves in the workplace. She holds a bachelor of science in Nursing from Villanova University and a master of science in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania.