What makes a great hospital or health system? The amenities? The number of happy patients? What about the people who represent the brand – your doctors and providers?
Trinity Mother Frances needed a more organized Web presence that accurately represented their superb quality of care, growing roster of employed and affiliated providers, and its vast locations throughout their area. A responsive website was a necessity, too, in order to accommodate the growing number of mobile device users in the East Texas region.
Trinity Mother Frances and Geonetric paired up to create a fresh, spacious design that tells their story as a historic health care provider in East Texas while highlighting their many physicians and providers, and award-winning care and treatment.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.