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Barbara Wadsworth, DNP, RN named Chief Operating Officer, Main Line Health

October 7, 2020 News Releases

Main Line Health announced today that Barbara Wadsworth, DNP, RN will be named Chief Operating Officer, effective October 7. This is the System’s first Chief Operating Officer.

Wadsworth has been a member of the Main Line Health team since 2012, when she joined as Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer. She will continue to serve in the role while taking on additional responsibilities as COO.

In her newly expanded role, Wadsworth will provide leadership and operational oversight for hospital and ambulatory operations across Main Line Health and will collaborate with hospital and medical staff leadership to ensure a high standard of STEEEP (Safe, Timely, Effective, Efficient, Equitable and Patient-centered) care in all settings, promote clinician and patient satisfaction and provide oversight for cost-effective and integrated clinical programs.

“Since Barbara joined Main Line Health in 2012, she has been a champion of patient experience, safety, nursing excellence and collaboration. Her leadership has been a critical component of many organizational achievements, including our Epic implementation, Performance Excellence 2020 journey and successive Systemwide Magnet designations. Most recently, Barbara has co-led our COVID response, and her steadfast leadership and commitment to safety has been a beacon during this challenging time. We’re very excited to extend this opportunity to Barbara, and I look forward to all we will accomplish as she takes on an even greater role at Main Line Health,” said Jack Lynch, President & CEO, Main Line Health.

Wadsworth has more than 35 years of experience as a nurse leader and health care executive. Before joining Main Line Health, she was a member of the nursing leadership team at Abington Memorial Hospital, ultimately assuming her role as Chief Nursing Officer from 2006-2012. Prior to her positions at Abington, Wadsworth worked as director of nursing at Methodist Hospital in Philadelphia and as a nursing supervisor/critical care staff nurse at St. Luke’s Hospital in Quakertown. 

Wadsworth has a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Russell Sage College in Troy, NY, a Master’s degree in Nursing Administration from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from LaSalle University. In 2014, she earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN.

Additionally, Wadsworth holds several professional nursing and healthcare certifications. She is 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 completed the national Baldrige Executive Fellowship. She is a member of the American Nurses Association, PA State Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau, and American Organization of Nurse Leaders.

About Main Line Health

Founded in 1985,Main Line Health is a not-for-profit health system serving portions of Philadelphia and its western suburbs. Main Line Health’s commitment—to deliver advanced medicine to treat and cure disease while also playing an important role in prevention and disease management as well as training physicians and other health care providers—reflects our intent to keep our community and ourselves well ahead. A team of more than 10,000 employees and 2,000 physicians care for patients throughout the Main Line Health system.

At Main Line Health’s core are four of the region’s most respected acute care hospitals—Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital—as well as one of the nation’s recognized facilities for rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital.

Main Line Health also includes Mirmont Treatment Center for drug and alcohol recovery; Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice, which includes skilled home health care, hospice and home infusion services; Main Line Health Centers, primary and specialty care, lab and radiology, and other outpatient services located in Broomall, Collegeville, Concordville, Exton, King of Prussia and Newtown Square; Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, a biomedical research organization; and Main Line HealthCare,one of the region’s largest multispecialty physician networks.

Main Line Health is the recipient of numerous awards for quality care and service, including System Magnet® designation, the nation’s highest distinction for nursing excellence and the Mid-Atlantic Alliance for Performance Excellence (MAAPE) Excellence Award. Main Line Health is committed to creating an environment of diversity, respect and inclusion and has proudly embraced the American Hospital Association’s #123forEquity Pledge to Act to eliminate disparities in care. We are dedicated to advancing patient-centered care, education and research to help our community stay healthy.


Megan Call
Director, Communications
Office: 484 580 1039