• Press Release
  • January 23, 2017

Madeline Bell to Chair Children’s Hospital Association 2017 Board of Trustees

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Madeline BellWashington, D.C. — Madeline Bell, president and CEO of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) began her term as chair of the Board of Trustees of the Children’s Hospital Association (CHA) on January 1, 2017. 

A mission-driven and creative leader, Bell’s deep knowledge of and experience in both the clinical practice of pediatric medicine and the federal and state policies ensuring children’s health and well-being will serve our nation’s children’s hospitals well. As children’s hospitals work together to create innovative care delivery models and work with policymakers to build sustainable funding for children’s health and health care, Madeline’s collaborative leadership will be essential. 

“I am delighted to chair the CHA Board of Trustees and work with my board colleagues and children’s hospitals across the country to elevate our investment in children’s health as a national imperative,” said Bell. “With a new administration and Congress, we will focus our energies on improving how we deliver health care to all children.”

“Madeline’s perspectives and leadership will be invaluable as we look over the coming years for opportunities to policy solutions for children’s health,” said Mark Wietecha, president and CEO of the Children’s Hospital Association. “2017 promises to be an exciting year as we work toward a foundation of better and sustainable health for our nation’s children – our future.”
Bell has served as president and CEO of CHOP since 2015 and previously served as the chief operating officer. She is recognized for her leadership in 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. Her acumen in operations management, advocacy and family-centered care has earned her national recognition. A native of the Philadelphia area, Bell has a bachelor of science in nursing, an honorary doctorate in humane letters from Villanova University and a master of science in organizational dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania. Bell serves as an advisor to international hospitals and frequently lectures on the topics of children’s health care and women in leadership.

The complete list of the Children Hospital Association’s 2017 Board of Trustees is as follows:

Madeline Bell, Chair
President and CEO, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Rick W. Merrill, Vice Chair & Chair Elect
President and CEO, Cook Children's Health Care System, Fort Worth, Texas

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

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

Steve Allen, MD
CEO, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio

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

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

Robert I. Bonar, Jr., Dr., H.A.
CEO, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota

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

John D. Nash, FACHE
President and CEO, Franciscan Children’s, Brighton, Massachusetts

Kurt Newman, MD
President and CEO, Children’s National Health System, Washington, D.C.

Katy A. Welkie, RN, MBA
CEO, Primary Children’s Hospital, Salt Lake City, Utah

Mark Wietecha
President and CEO, Children’s Hospital Association, Washington, D.C.

About the Children's Hospital Association

The Children’s Hospital Association is the national voice of more than 220 children’s hospitals, advancing child health through innovation in the quality, cost and delivery of care.