Madeline Bell, president and COO at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, has been appointed the hospital’s president and CEO by the board of trustees, according to a news release. She succeeds Steven M. Altschuler, MD, as CEO, whose retirement was recently announced. The transition of leadership was to be completed on July 1.
Mortimer J. Buckley, chairman of CHOP’s board of trustees, said Bell’s 20-year career at CHOP will ensure a seamless transition of leadership at the pediatric hospital.
“Madeline has an established track record for excellence and leadership that makes her the perfect choice to be CHOP’s next CEO,” Buckley said in the release. “During her time at CHOP, she has managed nearly every facet of pediatric care with the kind of skill and vision that is truly inspiring. The board believes that she is the ideal executive to lead the 160-year institution to the next level of pediatric excellence.”
CHOP will conduct a national search to replace Bell as COO.
“I am extremely grateful for, and humbled by, the board’s confidence in me to continue the legacy of this amazing institution,” Bell said in the release. “The opportunity to lead this organization during such a dynamic and changing time in healthcare is exciting. I will do all I can, with the help of a skilled and dedicated team, to ensure that The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s reputation for preeminence in pediatric healthcare and commitment to the mission, endures long into the future.”
Bell’s appointment as CEO was the result of a multi-year succession planning process, conducted in anticipation of Altschuler’s retirement. Altschuler will have completed 15 years of service as CEO when he retires, according to the release.
Buckley praised Altschuler for his enormous contributions to CHOP during a career spanning nearly four decades. “Dr. Altschuler’s departure, after 33 years of clinical and administrative service, leaves all of us in the CHOP community in awe of his extraordinary dedication to pediatric medicine,” Buckley said in the release.
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 to head home care and case management, and since that time has held a number of leadership positions, advancing from vice president to senior vice president to executive vice president and COO in 2007. In 2010, she assumed the title of president and COO. A nationally recognized leader for hospital operational excellence, Bell has made numerous contributions to CHOP, including the development of the largest pediatric ambulatory network in the country; the implementation of a single-platform electronic health record; the expansion of a 4-million-square-foot campus; and the development of numerous nationally recognized clinical and family-centered care programs. She has secured many philanthropic gifts to help further the institution’s mission. Throughout her career, Bell has been a champion for cultural change and patient safety within the organization, according to the release.
Bell sits on a number of boards, is a fellow at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, serves as an adviser to international hospitals and is a frequent lecturer on topics ranging from business strategy to children’s healthcare to women in leadership, according to the release. She has won numerous awards for her leadership and professional achievements. She earned a BSN from Villanova University, and a master of science degree in organizational dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania.