[2019] Madeline Bell: How an Overnight Pediatric Nurse Became CEO of CHOP

[2019] Madeline Bell: How an Overnight Pediatric Nurse Became CEO of CHOP

Madeline Bell is the President & CEO of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. When she first walked into CHOP as an employee, Madeline was a pediatric nurse, fresh out of college. 35 years later, she's the captain of the ship.


Madeline Bell is the President & CEO of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The Children’s Hospital-- more commonly known as CHOP-- receives more than 1 million visits every year. And Madeline is the one making many of the big decisions: like whether to try and complete the world’s first double hand transplant.

But when she first walked into CHOP as an employee, Madeline was a pediatric nurse, fresh out of college, who had just scored her dream job. 35 years and many different roles later, she's the captain of the ship.

And while the journey wasn’t always glamorous, for Madeline, it was a way to make life better for kids.