Barbara Wadsworth

Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, Main Line Health

Photo by Tessa Marie Images.

Barbara Wadsworth has millions of patients. That’s because she oversees more than 3,000 clinical nurses in the Main Line Health system. It’s a top-notch team that has won a slew of accolades since Wadsworth became CNO in 2012. 

Have you had a mentor?

I’ve had several mentors, and my role model is my mom. We didn’t have an easy life when I was young. I grew up in New York City; I would describe us as poor. My dad got sick when I was about 10. He never worked again after that. My mom worked. She has a way of looking at the world that inspires me. She believes that what matters is not what happens to you, but how you handle it. 

What was a turning point in your career?

I first became a chief nursing officer in 2006 at Abington Memorial, which was then a 650-bed hospital. I took on a big role and succeeded by being collaborative and authentic. I knew what I didn’t know, and I went to people who had more information or were experts in their fields. To people I need, I say, “Would you help me accomplish this?” That helps me to be successful.

What accomplishments are you most proud of?

I just finished my doctorate in nursing. The other is my family. My husband, Harry, is the best man ever. 

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