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May 15, 2015

CHOP names first female CEO

Madeline Bell started at the hospital as a nurse back in 1983

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CHOP named Madeline Bell as its first female CEO.

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) announced Thursday that Madeline Bell, currently president and chief operating officer, has been appointed president and CEO.

Bell will succeed Dr. Steven M. Altschuler as CEO on July 1, making her the first female to hold the position. Altschuler will have completed 15 years of service as CEO at CHOP.

"I am very pleased that Madeline will succeed me as Chief Executive Officer of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia," Altschuler said in a release.  "Her years of experience made her the ideal choice to lead this wonderful organization and I commend the Board of Trustees for selecting such a capable and dynamic leader.  I wish Madeline every success in the years to come and stand ready to assist her in any way I can."

Bell started as a pediatric nurse at CHOP in 1983. After leaving the organization to move into hospital administration, she returned to CHOP in 1995 and held a number of leadership positions over the years. She assumed the title of president and chief operating officer in 2010. 

"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 a statement. "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."