Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer
Barbara Wadsworth, senior vice president of patient services and the chief nursing officer (CNO) of Main Line Health brings over 30 years of executive nursing experience to Main Line Health. Under her dynamic leadership, Main Line Health history was made when the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) announced Main Line Health’s achievement of becoming one of only 22 health systems in the nation to achieve Magnet® status. With this long-awaited designation, Main Line Health became the only health system in the nation to bring on two initially designating entities (Riddle Hospital and Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital) and a HomeCare & Hospice division, along with three re-designating hospitals (Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital and Paoli Hospital). Likewise, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital became the fourth acute freestanding rehabilitation facility in the country, and the only on the East Coast, to receive Magnet designation.
In her current role, Barbara vibrantly leads almost 3,000 nurses across Main Line Health and is responsible for the leadership of all areas of patient care services throughout the system. She is currently overseeing a major performance excellence initiative across the system, in addition to others surrounding patient satisfaction and the superior patient experience, embedding the culture of safety at Main Line Health, and advancing care coordination to population health to meet the needs of patients into the future.
While ensuring Main Line Health’s nursing team is offering superior care the community, Barbara has also continued to advance her own professional development—she completed her doctorate in nursing practice, health systems leadership from Vanderbilt University in 2014. She also became certified as a nurse executive, advanced; a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing; and a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. She is a 2009 Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow, was inducted as a Fellow into the National Academies of Practice in March of 2017 and recently completed the national Baldrige Executive Fellowship. She is a member of the American Nurses Association, Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau, and American Organization of Nurse Executives.
Barbara serves on several boards, including serving as president of the Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania, immediate past president of the Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders, and member of the Immaculata University MSN Advisory Board. She serves on the Gift of Life Board of Governor’s after serving six years on the Medical Advisory & Policy Board, and is chair of the PHL Convention & Visitors Center Board Nursing Leadership Committee and the Montgomery County Board of Health for a second term. Barbara was appointed to the Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania Board in 2017 and was appointed by HAP to become the nurse leader representative on the Pennsylvania Action Coalition. Barbara has also served on the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Board in 2014 and their Executive Leadership Team in 2015.
Barbara’s dedication to nursing leadership, innovation, research and education, as well as her commitment to the nursing staff, the employees across the organization, and the patients and visitors who seek care at a Main Line Health hospital or facility, is truly represented in her accomplishments since her tenure began at Main Line Health in 2012. Her determination and vision further enhance Main Line Health’s ability to provide superior care to the region while simultaneously serving as a compassionate and engaged mentor for many other rising stars in the health care industry.