When Healthcare Organizations Merge, What Happens to the Websites?

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We hear about healthcare mergers and acquisitions every day. Hospitals and medical groups are frequently joining up to offer more services and resources for their patients. But what does that mean for their Web presence? Most organizations know they need to invest in a great Web presence but are unsure how their Web initiatives will scale as their organization changes. If you’re wondering how to build a site that can grow and change with your organization, read on!

Cone Health has been a Geonetric client since 2012. They launched an impressive new site just before merging with Alamance Regional Medical Center (ARMC). This merger brought up many questions in terms of online efforts:

  • How would this change their Web strategy?
  • Was all the hard work on the Cone Health website for nothing?
  • How should ARMC update their Web presence to account for the merger?

As both organizations quickly found out, Geonetric’s VitalSite content management software had them covered! When Cone Health merged with ARMC, it became clear that sharing the same VitalSite installation was the way to go. This approach gave both organizations the advantage of allowing them to utilize cross-promotion of their content and modules, while still allowing the organizations to maintain their unique identities. With VitalSite’s FlexFilter dynamic content technology, you can enter information just once and select the specific sites it should appear on, saving everyone time.

The teams were able to work collaboratively and share knowledge that brought out the best of both the Cone Health and ARMC sites! If your Web team could use some help with an upcoming merger, contact us today to see how VitalSite’s flexibility can be the foundation of a scalable Web strategy.

Medical Group of the Carolinas Improves Physician Promotion

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Deciding how to promote your physicians can be tough. There are so many different ways to highlight your doctors it can quickly get complicated. Let’s not forget about how making sure your physicians are happy also plays into the mix. Ultimately, there is no cookie-cutter approach. The best strategy really depends on your specific situation and figuring out what best supports your overall organizational goals and priorities.

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Making the Call to Action a Priority on Responsive Healthcare Websites

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On your website, how do you decide where to place your most important content? On a desktop it’s fairly easy because we know people use the “T” pattern to skim content. If you are like a lot of our clients, you use side panels and place them on your pages accordingly. But what happens to those panels on a responsive site?

If you haven’t given this much thought – now would be a good time to start. Panels on sites using responsive design can fall to the very bottom of the page when a mobile device is used. And this can lessen the effectiveness of your calls to action.

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Building a Brand as a Regional Healthcare Organization

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CentraCare Health is comprised of five hospitals, five long-term care facilities, and dozens of clinics in St. Cloud, MN.  Like many organizations CentraCare Health is focused on building a brand that promotes the regional healthcare organization.

We recently worked with CentraCare Health to launch a new system-wide site. We pulled all of their individual hospital websites into one VitalSite installation, which allows them to easily maintain all their content (they used DreamWeaver before) and moves support from the I.T. team to the marketing team. We added new functionalty — CentraCare Health is most excited about its new eCommerce features, such as bill payment, Volusion gift shop and event registration functionality. And we wrote new content that focuses on the system benefits and educates consumers about the variety of treatment options offered at CentraCare Health.

If we had to name a client whose staff paid great attention to detail, the award would definitely go to CentraCare Health. We worked very closely with them from contract to launch, making sure they had all the information they needed to make the right decision. It was refreshing to hear them think through their options and collaboratively come up with the right next steps.

Not only is the website a work of art, it’s got some of the best content around. Congratulations to Candace, Kara, Paul and the entire CentraCare Health project team!

What Does it Take to Launch a Healthcare Website in a Timely Manner?

Working with great folks like the team at KishHealth System. From day one they viewed Geonetric as the expert and were willing to use our guidance when making implementation decisions. I’m really excited to see where the team at KishHealth takes their new online marketing effort. For fun, I asked the team to send us a photo so we can put names and faces to the project.

KishHealth has two main hospitals in the DeKalb, IL area. They are growing like crazy and the website was part of a larger rebranding effort. It’s one of the first website designs to incorporate a ‘sticky’ version of the main navigation where the navigation bar stays at the top of the page as you scroll top to bottom.

Team Geonetric has yet another satisfied client – thanks to all contributions from every team great and small!

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Medical Center Virtual Tour Keeps Community Updated

Genesis HealthCare System in Zanesville, Ohio is doing something many healthcare systems across the country are doing – building a new medical center. And they wanted to keep the community informed with the building progress and involved in the project. So we helped them build an interactive virtual tour that does just that.
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New Centralized Site for Meritas Health Proves More is Not Always Better

Sixteen separate websites. It’s a lot for a marketing team to manage. And it’s a lot for site visitors to navigate.

That’s why Meritas Health decided to move to one comprehensive website. They’re not alone – the move to system sites is popular right now. HCA Virginia and LewisGale Regional Health System both recently worked with us to reinvent and reorganize their Web presence.

Why the move to an integrated site? Organizations understand that one site is easier for site visitors to interact with – and it helps them show the services offered at a system level.

Mertias Health now has one site for all 16 of their clinic locations to call home. It’s clean, easy-to-navigate, and does a great job of focusing on the regionally-known Meritas Health brand while still allowing individual clinics ample space to tell their story.

Moving to a central, single site structure was certainly one of the main goals, but not the only one. The new site also better meets the needs of mobile users with responsive design, offers convenient functionality like online bill payment, and helps promote the organization’s providers with robust physician profiles.

It takes a lot of thought and effort to consolidate content and Meritas Health made lots of hard decisions to get here. But the end result is truly user-focused and showcases the strength of the Meritas Health network. Congrats!

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Integrated Web Content Benefits LewisGale Regional Health System Users

As more hospitals, outpatient centers and physician practices join forces to share expensive technology and gain from the knowledge and skill of experienced clinicians, the need to speak with a unified voice online becomes imperative. HCA’s Capital Division has partnered with Geonetric to meet that and other goals for its multiple facilities and websites.

Content Mash-Up

Beyond the organizational and emotional upheaval brought on by merging business cultures when hospitals and medical groups combine their efforts comes the challenge of creating a new Web presence. The new “system” website must build on the stellar reputations of the individual players while highlighting the benefits users will receive from their newfound access to resources across the entire system. Often, that means creating a new Web presence that’s a mash-up of all the existing websites – and rethinking everything about content and users in the process.

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As HCA’s Capital Division continues its Web restructuring activities, the latest site to launch is LewisGale Regional Health System, the hub of its Southwest Virginia market. LewisGale incorporates four hospitals, six outpatient centers, two cancer centers and 700 physicians. While based in Salem/Roanoke, the entire service area stretches from Alleghany Highlands and Rockbridge County on the north to the Roanoke and New River Valleys on the south, a distance of more than 100 miles.

LewisGale: Integrated Message for System Services

LewisGale’s far-flung individual players recognized the need for an integrated message – one that reflects the system’s hub-and-spoke approach to delivering a wide range of sophisticated services – and they invested in a partnership with Geonetric to make that happen. We built on the awareness that the region is filled with small communities where personal relationships are key.

Because area residents are used to getting care close to home from doctors and nurses they know and trust, we knew it was crucial for the website to maintain the essence of LewisGale’s century-old, well-known brand – their highly regarded, effective and compassionate care.

New Web content developed for the site assures LewisGale’s communities and users – no matter where they live in the region or where they start in the system – of fast access to expert acute care with top quality results.

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The new content also illustrates that, when needed, local providers can connect patients with specialized care or transfer them within the system while maintaining continual, two-way communication to monitor those patients, who will return for local follow-up and ongoing care close to home.

Change as Opportunity for Integrated Web Presence

As with the newly launched website for HCA Virginia in Richmond, LewisGale used the transition from individual hospitals and practices to an integrated system as the springboard for transforming their online presence.

Building on the HCA Virginia groundwork, LewisGale’s new site uses the same Capital Division look and feel to promote the power of their network, expertise and technology.

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This approach also lets LewisGale highlight individual hospitals when appropriate.

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Simpler Structure, Responsive Design, Better Information

LewisGale’s new website content, new site structure and new responsive design make it easy for their consumers, communities and physician practices to find information about services at the system level and follow the path to accessing the care they need close to home. The total number of pages on the site was significantly reduced while an informative presence was created for services that were previously invisible.

Learn more about the HCA Virginia website project and watch our webinar, The Content Conundrum.

Concord Hospital Launches New Responsive Design

Concord Hospital partnered with Geonetric to take their website to the next level. Concord Hospital wanted a site that would engage the community with enhanced functionality and content – built on a responsive platform the new site does just that. The Concord Hospital team jumped in with both feet and worked diligently to make sure the site would meet the needs of the hospital’s growing mobile market by providing an optimal viewing experience for all site visitors, no matter what device they are using to access the site.

In addition to promoting the hospital’s Centers of Excellence, the website takes advantage of VitalSite SmartPanels to cross promote events, providers and locations. This functionality provides the visitor with a quick link to providers and locations that are tied to a key service line. The new website also features the Healthwise health library, which provides health information, decision points and a symptom checker.

Congratulations on the launch of your new website Concord Hospital and welcome to the Geonetric family!

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Reinventing a Website

Seven hospitals. 2,500 affiliated doctors. More than 70 additional locations representing physician practices, imaging centers, surgery centers and more. All under the umbrella of HCA Virginia. And all represented by dozens of disparate, unconnected websites.

Sound familiar?

Freestanding hospitals are increasingly joining forces as large healthcare systems, which results in expanded offerings — more providers, broader services, advanced technology — and new brand identities. If you’ve experienced this as a healthcare marketer, you can appreciate the thought and effort that goes into communicating these changes. If you haven’t, you can learn from those who’ve been there.

The sweeping changes that accompany large-scale restructuring demand strategic communication. You have a new opportunity to express who you are and what you do. You have a chance to reshape the perceptions of consumers, referring physicians and competitors.

To their credit, HCA Virginia used the transition from a collection of hospital sites to an integrated central site as an opportunity to transform their online presence. They built a new website from the ground up, eliminating four websites representing seven hospitals in the process.

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They invested in a new brand campaign – Life/You Only Get One – promoting the combined power of their network, expertise and technology.

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They also created entirely new Web content, dedicating the time and resources to getting it right. In partnering with them on this project, one of our objectives was to express the breadth of services across the entire system. We started by identifying and learning about each hospital’s offerings, a process that yielded great insights about the mix of offerings across HCA Virginia.

As is typical of many hospitals, many services were under-represented on the Web or had no visibility at all. On the new site, all services are included, along with reasons to choose HCA Virginia for care:

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New Structure

The new site was not without its challenges. Individual hospitals were accustomed to a separate, robust Web presence. With the new site, content on services focused more on the system brand and less on distinct facilities. Had we created robust content for the system and for each entity, we would have ended up with a lot of duplicate content (and risked a negative impact on organic search).

HCA Virginia was willing to make hard choices to meet their objectives. Consumers and community physicians learn about services at the system level and follow paths to accessing care at specific facilities. While content for each hospital has been significantly reduced, coverage of healthcare services has been expanded. As a result, the new website has less than 500 pages and a lot more impact.

Grant Sanborn, Director of Interactive Marketing for the HCA Capital Division summarizes it well: “Ultimately, the way we structured the content is logical and makes sense for consumers, which was our goal. The new site consolidates content around services, displays the breadth and depth of what we offer, raises the profile of physician practices, and, in the process, lifts all boats. “

Learn more about this initiative by watching our webinar: The Content Conundrum.

Push Button Deployments: The Greatest Feature You’ll Never Use

It’s kind of hard to get you excited about a VitalSite feature that you won’t click, open, save or interact with. And it’s kind of hard to build enthusiasm for something that won’t make your day-to-day work any easier. But I’m going to try anyway. Mostly because it’s important you know about something huge we just released in VitalSite 6.5.

In short, we’ve implemented push button deployments. This means we can now deploy a new version of VitalSite to websites by pushing a button in a deployment dashboard.
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Cornerstone Health Care Launches Responsive Site

Cornerstone Health Care has partnered with Geonetric to take their Web presence to the next level. With Cornerstone’s rebranding and new content combined with Geonetric’s VitalSite and expertise, a new site was launched with an emphasis on the physician, location and service modules.

When Cornerstone started the project they only had twelve pages of content. Together, we built out their service line content to include a landing page for each service line. Cornerstone gathered information from the service directors and wrote almost fifty pages of service line content for the new site, which Geonetric then added into VitalSite.

With the power of VitalSite, we were able to cross-promote the Cornerstone practice locations and providers on the service line pages using SmartPanels. In addition, content from the press releases were added to the news module to allow the new content to be searchable.

Geonetric’s design team created a clean, engaging design for Cornerstone’s consumers and with the site built responsively. Visitors are able to view and enjoy the site regardless of what device they are on.

It was great to partner with Cornerstone Health Care to build a fun, exciting site from the ground up. It is always easy to work with a client toward a common goal when each team is dedicated to each other. Welcome to the family, Cornerstone!

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Owensboro Medical Health System Launches New Employee Communication Tool

We’re excited to announce Owensboro Medical Health System (OMHS) has launched a newly redesigned intranet, called Extra+.  Extra+ helps OMHS communicate with employees and gives employees a central hub for all internal communication.

What’s best about Extra+ is the wide variety of information employees can find, including policies, documents and departmental information. OMHS employees can search through more than 1,000 documents using VitalSite’s policy and procedure manager! For example, if you recently completed a very large EMR implementation and wanted to make training documents available to all departments. Extra+ has you covered! Or, what if you’re interested in learning more about how OMHS supports health and wellness and maybe even sign up for screenings? No problem!

Congratulations OMHS! Geonetric has enjoyed helping you create an intranet that’s truly extraordinary.

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Building 365ride.org for Operation Overnight

Operation Overnight 2012 came and went quickly. It was a huge success! We had 24 hours to build four websites. A daunting task, surely, but not one that we wanted to shy away from. That wouldn’t have been the Geonetric way! 50+ volunteers, lots of coffee, soda and food, and an all-nighter full of fun and we produced some great results!

My team was assigned to build http://www.365ride.org from the ground up. Unlike the other three teams, 365ride came into Operation Overnight without an existing Web presence and very little source material (brochures, etc.). In the end, both our team and our client were very happy with the finished product.

The site’s purpose is to be a place for people seeking information. Before the site, information was scattered across many places on and off the Web. The Frequently Asked Questions section was a high priority and the team did some really cool things to keep information flowing through the site, only duplicating it where necessary. The end result is a destination that the community can use to get information about public transportation options throughout Cedar Rapids and the surrounding area.

There were some advantages going in with no source material. We didn’t have any “standard” to live up to but our own – which might be the toughest one to achieve. We had a lot of freedom to be creative. There were no expectations of how visitors used the site.

My team rocked it out and had a lot of fun working together! I didn’t have relationships with some of my team members going into the event. And although you know someone’s job title, seeing them really put their skills to works makes you truly understand what they do for our company. I know something about all of them as a person. We had music playing, we had food, and it was really a fun atmosphere.  And while we “partied,” we worked really hard to produce a great website in 24 hours. It didn’t feel like work… that was the best part. Work should always be like this! Guess what? It can be!

I was very excited when Geonetric announced we would do this again next year. It was a great experience! Above all else, we as a company got to give back to our community. I’m so proud to be a part of an effort like this!

I’m also looking forward to seeing our company grow from the experience. The only realistic way to achieve our goals of launching four new websites was to be Agile. I think that we all saw some powerful benefits from this process that we can take back to our daily work.

Here’s looking forward to Operation Overnight 2013!

Turning Cone Health’s Online Vision into Reality

Defined project goals and designed outcomes. Check.

A forward-thinking healthcare organization that provides exceptional quality, care and transparency through the population it serves. Check.

A partnership with one of the coolest Web companies in the industry; a company filled with big ideas and industry leading best practice recommendations. Check

Only four months have passed since Cone Health, a not-for-profit network of healthcare providers partnered with Geonetric to create a new website. With a list of defined goals and a clear vision, Cone Health had all the components needed for success.

At the start, Geonetric’s expert content strategist, Maggie, led the team to come up with a core strategy statement to guide decisions during implementation. It was amazing to witness how the strategy statement impacted the decisions during the process.

The design for the new site is clean and visually appealing. But best of all, we took their design a step further and created a responsive design site. Cone Health’s new website creates an optimal experience for all types of mobile users.

Additionally, Cone Health is using a number of modules to elevate the functionality of their new website.  One of VitalSite’s most powerful tools – our Calendar and Events Directory – allows them to provide event information online, demonstrating their commitment to caring for the community. You might be thinking, “so site visitors have the ability to sign up for classes online, big whoop.” But not only can site visitors sign up for classes, they can also pay for their class online, and see other events they may be interested in on the same page. We accomplished this by using VitalSite and Geonetric’s  SmartPanel technology.

As we evaluate our project goals, it’s clear the site achieved Core Health’s vision and in the process set the bar high for phase two.

We can’t wait to see what the future holds and have already heard feedback from the community Cone Health serves on how much they value the new website!