Madeline’s Story

Madeline Bell is the President and CEO of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), one of the top ranked children’s hospital in the United States. In this role she oversees 14,000 employees in the Hospital’s $2.6-billion-a-year health system and research institute. Prior to being promoted to CEO in July 2015, Madeline served as CHOP’s Chief Operating Officer for eight years. During her tenure as COO, she led significant growth while maintaining the financial strength and clinical excellence of the organization.

Madeline 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 to lead Home Care and Case Management, 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.

Throughout her career, Madeline has been a champion for cultural change and patient safety at CHOP. Her background in patient care has given her a deep appreciation for the clinical world, and she always stays focused on improving care for children. A longtime mentor for aspiring leaders, Madeline makes diversity and inclusion a top priority by leading initiatives that support growth opportunities for underrepresented individuals at CHOP and throughout our community. 

Madeline is the Chair of the Children’s Hospital Association, for which she has served as a board member since 2012. She also serves on the boards of Comcast, the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, and Solutions for Patient Safety. In addition to her board positions, Madeline serves as Chair of the Economic and Community Advisory Council for the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia and serves on the Villanova University College of Nursing Board of Consulters and the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce CEO Council for Growth. She is an adviser to numerous international hospitals and frequently lectures on the topic of children’s healthcare. She previously served on the boards of the Schuylkill River Development Corporation and the University City District.

Madeline is a native of the Philadelphia area. She holds a bachelor of science in Nursing and an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters from Villanova University, as well as a Master of Science in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania. Her family with her husband, pediatrician and CHOP department chief Lou Bell, includes her three sons, Lou’s three daughters and son, two sons-in-law, a daughter-in-law and three granddaughters, currently.