Madeline Bell Elected Vice Chair of Children’s Hospital Association Board of Trustees

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Image of Madeline BelMadeline Bell, president and CEO of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, has been elected vice chair and chair-elect of the Board of Trustees of the Children’s Hospital Association (CHA). She began her vice chair term on Jan. 1, 2016 and will be elevated to chair on Jan. 1, 2017.

A mission-driven and creative leader, Bell has been recognized nationally for driving innovations in pediatric operations management, public policy and family-centered care. Prior to being appointed president and CEO of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, she served as chief operating officer, where she was responsible for developing the largest pediatric ambulatory network in the country; implementing a single-platform electronic health record; and expanding CHOP’s 4-million-square-foot campus.  A champion for cultural change and patient safety, her special interests include urban planning, international healthcare and minority leadership development.

Bell’s leadership experience at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and in collaboration with children’s hospitals across the nation makes her an ideal person to contribute on the CHA Board at a time when children’s hospitals are working together to improve the health care delivery system and advance quality measures for children. “Serving on the Children’s Hospital Association Board of Trustees is a great opportunity to work toward solutions to the challenges all children’s hospitals face  in providing the highest quality and safest care,  and improving care coordination while reducing health care expenses for all our patients,” said Bell.

“I welcome Madeline Bell to our board as an officer and leader in children’s health care.” said Steve Allen, MD, incoming chair, CHA Board of Trustees and CEO of Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH. “I look forward to her perspectives and contributions as we continue our work collaboratively as an industry to improve care, enhance the patient and family experience, and lower the cost of care for children.”

The Children’s Hospital Association is the national voice of more than 200 children’s hospitals, advancing child health through innovation in the quality, cost and delivery of care.

The complete list of the Children Hospital Association’s 2016 Board of Trustees is as follows:


Steve Allen, MD, Chair, Board of Trustees
CEO, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH

Madeline Bell, Vice Chair & Chair-elect
President and CEO, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Amy B. Mansue, Secretary, Board of Trustees
President and CEO, Children’s Specialized Hospital, Mountainside, NJ

Rick W. Merrill, Treasurer, Board of Trustees
President and CEO, Cook Children's Health Care System, Fort Worth, TX


Michael D. Aubin, FACHE
Hospital President, Wolfson Children’s Hospital, Jacksonville, FL

Kimberly Cripe
President and CEO, Children’s Hospital of Orange County, Orange, CA

Susan Distefano, RN, MSN
CEO, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, Houston, TX

Sandra L. Fenwick
President and CEO, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA

Paul A. King
Executive Director, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voightlander Women’s Hospital, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Kurt Newman, MD
President and CEO, Children’s National Health System, Washington, DC

Peggy Troy, RN, MSN
President and CEO, Children’s Hospital Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

Katy Welkie, RN, MBA
CEO, Primary Children’s Hospital, Salt Lake City, UT

Mark Wietecha
President and CEO, Children’s Hospital Association, Washington, DC