BY MELANIE BUCK –
Dr. Bill Bell of Mena Walmart’s Vision Center has been named Regional Optometrist of the Year in the state of Arkansas by the Health and Wellness division of Walmart’s corporate offices. Bell has been with Walmart Vision Center in Mena for more than 17 years and as stated by Regional Manager, Chip Bentley, “We are proud to have him as part of the Walmart family and for all the years he’s given to better the vision of his patients.”
Bell was nominated by his coworker, Randy Webster, Mena’s Vision Center Area Manager. Webster said in his nomination that Dr. Bell, “During his time at store 67, the community has gone from four optometrists to two optometrists with Dr. Bell gaining the lion’s share of the business from those two closed practices. He is consistently booked 2 to 3 weeks in advance providing a consistent patient flow to the Vision Center.”
Local Walmart Manager Scott Brown said, “Dr. Bell has a great family and that’s one way you can identify a good man – by his family. He’s a genuine guy and I’m glad he’s a part of our team.”
The award and reception honoring him were quite a surprise to Dr. Bell who had no clue that he’d even been nominated for the award. Dr. Bell said, “I’m honored and totally shocked. I’ve enjoyed working at Walmart Vision Center and hopefully, I’ll be here a while longer.” Dr. Bell enjoyed the reception surrounded by his family and coworkers.