Aria Health Names New President and CEO

Kathleen Kinslow, CRNA, EdD, MBA, to lead community health system.

Kathleen Kinslow, CRNA, EdD, MBA
Kathleen Kinslow, CRNA, EdD, MBA
(Philadelphia, PA) - Aria Health’s Board of Directors has selected Kathleen Kinslow, CRNA, EdD, MBA, to succeed Roy Powell as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the 485-bed community health system.  Powell, who has served as Aria’s President and CEO since 1996, announced plans to resign his position earlier this year.  Kinslow, currently CEO and Executive Director of Pennsylvania Hospital, part of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, will begin her new leadership role at Aria in November.

Kinslow joined Pennsylvania Hospital in 1992 as Director of the School of Nurse Anesthesia, and since that time has held progressive management and leadership positions, including Vice President of Clinical Services/Chief Nursing Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and, most recently, CEO and Executive Director.  In addition, she served as Vice President of Hospital Operations for the University of Pennsylvania Health System and has held the academic appointment of Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania since 2006.

During her tenure at Pennsylvania Hospital, Kinslow has led and supported strategic development, clinical service line expansion, and a variety of clinical quality and patient safety initiatives.  These collective efforts have proven successful in continuing to enhance both the hospital’s market share and fiscal health.

“I am very excited about this opportunity to lead such a great health system,” said Kinslow.  “Our focus will be to achieve the highest levels of quality and satisfaction for our patients, physicians and staff.”

Kinslow succeeds Powell, who as Aria’s President and CEO for 14 years led the expansion of the community health system into Bucks County with the acquisition and clinical development of Aria’s Bucks County Campus in Langhorne, Pa.  In addition, he directed the growth of clinical programs across Aria Health, most notably the addition of a leading-edge Heart Center at Aria’s Torresdale Campus and expansion of Emergency Department facilities and services at the Torresdale and Bucks County campuses.  Powell also acquired land and developed preliminary plans for a future hospital location in Lower Makefield, Bucks County. 

“Aria is grateful for Roy’s leadership and vision which have enabled us to become a regional, leading health care provider in Northeast Philadelphia and Lower Bucks County that is well positioned for the future,” said George A. Voegele, Chairman of Aria Health’s Board of Directors.  “We are also very pleased to welcome Kathleen, who we are confident will bring dynamic energy as well as a strong mix of clinical and health care leadership experience to Aria.”

A Philadelphia native with more than 30 years of experience in health care, Kinslow began her career in nursing.  A Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), she holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Ottawa University, Kansas City, a master’s degree in education from St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, a master’s degree in nursing from Temple University, Philadelphia, a doctorate in education from Widener University, Chester, Pa., and a master’s degree in business administration from St. Joseph’s University.  

Kinslow was recently honored as one of the Top Fifty Business Women in Pennsylvania (2009) and is a member of the American Hospital Association (AHA), the Hospital Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), the American Association of Healthcare Executives (AAHE), the Delaware Valley Hospital Association (DVHA) Board of Directors, the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA), and the American Association of Nurse Executives (AANE).