Wilcox: The Story of Betty Bell

When Betty Bell arrived in 1966, she became the first pharmacist on Kaua‘i at Wilcox Medical Center. Betty started to look at the internal workflow. She created a new procedure, called the unit dose system, to increase efficiency and reduce medication errors. Physicians were required to fill out a detailed prescription order that went to the pharmacy, nurses and the billing office. In addition, each patient had a personalized drug profile which outlined what medications they needed.

From 1975 to 1980, Betty took on a leadership role as CEO for Wilcox. During her time in charge, she created an investment opportunity for Wilcox that also benefited seniors. She helped transform 9.3 acres behind the medical center into a retirement complex known today as Sun Village.

Wilcox Health Foundation named Betty Bell the honorary chair of the fundraising campaign to upgrade the Emergency Department and expand trauma services at Wilcox Medical Center.