80% of vision problems can be detected with a simple eye exam, but many under-or uninsured children have no access to vision care. In 1996 with founding support from Philadelphia Eagle, Jermane Mayberry, the Philadelphia Eagles Eye Mobile has traveled to a different school each day to provide comprehensive vision care to children in the Greater Philadelphia area. So far the program has served over 71,000 children and distributed over 52,000 pairs of glasses.
In preparation for the new school year, the Eye Mobile got a make-over compliments of Reichert Technologies and Bell Ophthalmic.
Bell installed all of the equipment and made alterations for the mobile eye bus. Rachel Weiner, the Director of Vision Programs at the Eagles Charitable Foundation said, â€śThe upgraded equipment makes us look so much cooler and more high-tech, and I know it will also lead to a better experience and exam for the students as well.
A big thank you to everyone at Bell who did an outstanding job with installing the Reichert equipment. Brian went above and beyond, and custom-welded a phoropter pole and even tried to fix our generator when it wasnâ€™t cooperating. Tony also excellent care of us!â€ť
US News and World report named Wills Eye Hospital and Wilmer Eye Institute in their 2016 Best Hospitals list. The hospitals earned the distinction as among the best for difficult cases and procedures for adult ophthalmology.
Only 137 hospitals were nationally ranked in a specialty and only 13 ophthalmic hospitals qualified. Wills Eye placed second and Wilmer Eye placed third.
Congratulations from all of us at Bell!
A Word from Chuck is a column by Chuck Bell, President of Bell Ophthalmic
Itâ€™s easy for stress levels to reach a critical mass during the hustle and bustle of the holidays.
But itâ€™s important to take a step back, take a deep breath, and reflect.
For us at Bell, itâ€™s our busiest time of the year. With customers cashing in on last-minute tax breaks, weâ€™re working 14-hour days to make sure our doctors are fully equipped for the New Year.
But itâ€™s rewarding, too. Because what preceded this holiday madness was one of Bellâ€™s most successful years in our 50+ year history.
- We helped Childrenâ€™s Hospital of Philadelphia expand its geographic footprint and bring world-renowned eyecare to Princeton, New Jersey; Wilmington, Delaware; and King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.
- We helped doctors in private practice close on a Friday and re-open in a facility three times the size of their old one on Monday.
- We donned our hard hats and worked with contractors to prevent hiccups during the new construction of several new group practices.
- Weâ€™re in the process of helping Wills Eye Hospital upgrade its digs and pave the way for more clinical care.
- We helped glaucoma specialists increase efficiency, make a better diagnose, and reduce their carbon footprint with the all-digital Octopus 900 perimeter.
- And, much, much more that my egg-nog-soaked brain canâ€™t remember right now.
All in all, itâ€™s been a fantastic year and Iâ€™d like to personally thank you for trusting us with your business and reputation. It means everything to us. So from all of us at Bell Ophthalmic. Happy Holidays, and weâ€™ll see you back in 2016 â€“ or next week.
Welcome to our new series, â€śGet to Know a Bell Techie.â€ť Each month, weâ€™ll profile a member of our team. That way, when theyâ€™re installing a new retinal camera or repairing your lucky exam chair, you can feel free to ask â€śHow about those Oâ€™s?â€ť
Our first victim? Matt Lynch. Heâ€™s one of our veteran sales consultants. If youâ€™re a Maryland local, chances are you know Matt. But what you might not know is that during basketball season, he dons zebra stripes and hits the court.
How long have you been with Bell? Nine years.
Which geographic areas do you serve? Maryland, Washington D.C. and Delaware.
Favorite part of the job? Interacting with doctors and technicians and seeing their reactions when we show them a product that instantly enhances the whole practice.
Best dining spot in town? Box Hill Pizzeria in Bel Air, Maryland. Not only some of the best pies, but the best crab cakes, too!
Hobbies: Iâ€™m a referee for division-one college basketball.
Which sports team do you root for? Philadelphia Eagles. I bleed green.
Favorite book or TV show: The Old Man and the Sea by the legendary Ernest Hemingway.
Whatâ€™s something most people donâ€™t know about you? I was Mr. Cinnaminson my senior year in high school (1997 in New Jersey). Google it.
What makes a great Bell sales consultant? Product knowledge, being active in the field and problem solving, to name a few. My phone is an extension of my body and Iâ€™m not ashamed to admit it. A simple text can sometimes prevent a meltdown.
Can you describe a memorable sale or service call? Over the course of my career, itâ€™s been very rewarding to walk into an ophthalmology or optometry practice and introduce Bell as the local equipment and service provider. The go-to guys that can bring significant value to a practice.
Iâ€™ve made more cold calls than I care to admit, but it feels great to know that many of them panned out and Iâ€™ve developed long-term relationships. Krieger Eye Institute is one of them. Since weâ€™ve worked with them, theyâ€™ve undergone numerous expansions. All of us at Bell are up for the challenge â€“ big or small â€“ to get a practice up a running.
Find out more about Matt, or talk shop
Is your practice located in the Mid-Atlantic region, or are you eyeing an expansion down that way? Send Matt an email, or give him a buzz at 609-670-0650. Heâ€™s eager to help with your equipment needs. Or at the very least, help you find some great grub.
Back in the 1980s, we wanted to grow Bell, and expanding geographically made the most sense. We opened an office in Pittsburgh and deployed a sales agent in Syracuse. If need be, I’d drive 10 hours to sell a perimeter.
All while trying to keep up with the customers in our neighborhood â€“ you.
It didn’t work out the way we planned. The core of our business has always been personal, local service. A fundamental belief that timeliness matters most to doctors. And when we’re hundreds of miles away and can’t respond ASAP to a flooding practice or an equipment emergency, we’re not delivering on that promise.
Expand product lines. Not coverage area.
So we shut down our geographic expansion, and instead focused on diversifying our product lines. While some reps only stock one or two manufacturers, we believe in mixing things up.
The best solution for your practice’s size, team and budget might be a combination of a Canon autorefractor, Reichert auto phoroptor and Topcon slit lamp. We’re loyal to world-class technology, not just equipment makers.
On top of growing our lines, weâ€™ve beefed up our facility and vans with top-notch tools and technology to turn around equipment repairs faster and more efficiently. And, recently grown our web presence with the new (and now award-winning) BellOphthalmic.com.
And best of all, all of this is happening within a 120-mile radius of our HQ. Right where we can deliver the personal and timely service youâ€™ve always known us for.
Have you used Bellâ€™s e-store to top off your Tonosafe disposable prism stash? Good news â€“ youâ€™ve done so on an award-winning website.
The new(ish) BellOphthalmic.com nabbed silver in the Aster Awards, a national healthcare marketing competition. Sure, weâ€™re proud to earn the honors, but what matters most to us is what weâ€™re able to offer you, the Bell faithful.
Find us on your smartphone
Not just a website where you can order an exam stool in your PJs and have it shipped right to your door, but one that works harder, faster, and on your smartphone or tablet. And makes it easy to find the product information you need, or schedule service, in a snap.
That being said, do you have any suggestions about ways we can improve our web home? Weâ€™re all ears.