Looking for ideas for your next redesign? Check out what these top-rated hospitals and healthcare systems are doing to stand out from the crowd.
When it comes to healthcare website design, it can be hard to stand out today. Design is important — you need to represent your brand. But it’s about more than design, and today’s marketers must consider everything from user experience to load times on mobile devices.
Check out these recent examples* of hospital websites, content marketing hubs, landing pages, and blogs that received recognition for visual design, user experience, and technical development.
*Author’s Note: Due to the popularity of this post, I’ve updated it with new examples. Read on to get even more inspiration!
2018 Award-Winning Healthcare Websites
Each year hospital websites launch that take user experience to new levels, whether through design, content, or functionality. Check out some of 2018’s top performers.
Essentia Health, headquartered in Duluth, MN, launched their new site in May of 2018 with a mobile-first design and industry-leading functionality that includes open scheduling for new patients and ER and urgent-care scheduling and wait times.
The site immediately started taking home top accolades from some of the most prestigious competitions in the healthcare industry. Essentia was recognized by Ragan’s Health Care PR and Marketing Awards as a finalist for their Website Launch or Relaunch of the year. This awards program seeks out the innovators in the industry and found one with Essentia.
And finally, Essentia received platinum in the Best Overall Internet Site category at the eHealthcare Leadership Awards, which are given out every year during Greystone.Net’s Healthcare Internet Conference.
Firelands Regional Health System
Firelands Regional Health System, Sandusky, OH, redesigned with the hope of presenting a more consolidated brand experience to the market, as well as to move to VitalSite, a more user-friendly CMS. They didn’t set out to win awards, but with their new responsive site and integrated blog, that’s just what happened.
Firelands took home a Best in Class at the Interactive Media Awards, the highest honor bestowed by the organization. The site also received a silver for .
Mercy Medical Center
When Mercy Medical Center, Cedar Rapids, IA, redesigned their site in 2018, they employed user testing and heatmap analysis to drive redesign decisions and help them use the web to grow traffic to new and existing services with a focus on promoting urgent cares.
The prelaunch efforts paid off as Mercy took home two top honors, including a Best in Class from the Interactive Media Awards and platinum for Best Site Design at the eHealthcare Leadership Awards.
Sturdy Memorial Hospital
Sturdy Memorial Hospital, Attleboro, MA, needed to consolidate numerous microsites into one responsive site that offered improved functionality. And, they needed all this to be built on a more user-friendly CMS.
With their redesign, they achieved all of that and more, winning a 2018 Lamplighter Award from the New England Society for Healthcare Communications and an Outstanding Achievement from the Interactive Media Awards. In addition to the overall redesign, it was important to Sturdy Memorial to create a flexible landing page to use for campaigns — and that landing page went on to win an Honorable Mention in the MarCom Awards.
With the goal of presenting a more unified system presence, Stamford Health’s new site streamlines Stamford Hospital, Stamford Health Foundation, and Stamford Health Medical Group content areas, improving navigation and the overall user experience.
The site delivers a modern feel with patient-centered photography and the home page took home platinum for Best Internet Home Page from the eHealthcare Leadership Awards.
Reading Hospital set out on a website redesign to align their doctors, locations, and brand — and they wanted a CMS that gave them room to grow. Everything was progressing well, and then right before launch, the organization acquired five community hospitals. Reading Hospital became Tower Health and they needed to update the site quickly — and thanks to the flexible design and navigation it was easy.
The new, consolidated site went on to win a Best in Class from the Interactive Media Awards.
An early mover in the content hub space, Gundersen Health, La Crosse, WI, redesigned their wellness hub in 2018 to refresh the design, add social sharing functionality, better incorporate video, and use panels to feature news and better promote providers. The new health and wellness hub is a hit with users as well as judges, with the site taking home a gold in the Digital Medical Website category of the MarCom Awards.
Looking to promote their BirthCenter, Genesis Health, headquartered in Davenport, IA, created a landing page that shares family stories and lets site visitors take a virtual tour or create a birth plan. The landing page also promotes the organization’s expert staff and has fun interactive features and information, including the 2018 top Genesis baby names. The landing page received an Honorable Mention in the landing page category of the MarCom Awards.
Altru Health System
Altru Health System, located in Grand Forks, SD, was one of the first hospital websites to go responsive in 2013 and took that dedication to exceptional mobile experiences to a new level with their 2018 redesign. The new site features flyout menus and integrates their blog feed into the homepage and service-line pages. The site took home a gold in the Digital Medical Website category at this year’s MarCom Awards.
2017 Award-Winning Hospital Websites
Avera, headquartered in Sioux Falls, SD, has a storied history of creating award-winning marketing and design. And 2017 was a great year for their team.
They were the recipients of the prestigious Modern Healthcare IMPACT Award. This award recognizes outstanding healthcare marketing campaigns that are reinventing the way audiences receive and retain healthcare information. This year, they honored Avera Health with the award for Website Campaign of the Year for their main website, which is built on the content management system, VitalSite. The MarCom award competition also took note of their site, and awarded the organization a Gold in the medical category for their website.
This year the team invested in a new online hub to enhance their content marketing efforts and improve SEO. Site visitors aren’t the only ones who love this content marketing hub, it took home a Platinum award for Best Social Network from the eHealthcare Leadership Awards, which were awarded at the 21st Annual Greystone.Net Healthcare Internet Conference in Austin, TX.
Based in La Crosse, WI, Gundersen Health serves patients in 19 counties across three states. They recently launched a new system-centric site and rolled numerous microsite into one, responsive health system site.
Their site visitors aren’t the only ones that have noticed how impressive the new site is. The site took home a Best in Class accolade at the 2017 Interactive Media Awards.
In addition to the overall site, Gundersen Health created custom provider profiles with ratings and reviews to help site visitors connect and engage with their more than 1,000- high-quality doctors. The system’s provider directory recently took home a Distinction for Best Doctor Directory from the eHealthcare Leadership Awards.
Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System
Prior to redesigning their homepage, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System worked with our team to do some digging into user statistics. Using scroll mapping and heat mapping, they identified numbers areas for improvement, particularly around main and secondary navigation. They also found places to improve page load and site speed as well as adding more strategic calls to action.
The result? A new homepage that is visually engaging and user-focused. Since launching the new homepage design, Spartanburg Regional is enjoying decreased bounce rates and increase in mobile site visitors. And, they recently took home a Silver for Best Internet Homepage from the eHealthcare Leadership Awards.
With an organizational focus on enhancing their content marketing efforts and embracing the “create once, publish everywhere” mantra, Cone Health reached out to their digital partner to help them create a new content hub. Branded Wellness Matters, the hub showcases many different content types, including videos, blog posts, and testimonials. Built in their healthcare-specific CMS, it also has a sophisticated taxonomy structure that allows it to filer by topic and content type. It also includes SmartPanels that pull in social media feeds. The hub received a Gold from the MarCom Awards.
UNM Health System
Previously UNM Health System, associated with the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center (UNM HSC), maintained separate websites for UNM Hospital, UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center, UNM Medical Group, and other health care entities. Some sites had minimal information architecture and inconsistent navigational menus that could leave users feeling lost. And none of the sites referenced UNM Health System, a newly branded system.
That’s why they worked with us to create a new, responsive site offering a clear, consistent information architecture that makes the site easy for users to navigate and for the UNM HSC web team to manage. Creating a single, new website also provided an opportunity to rewrite and develop user-friendly content.
The new site received a Distinction at the 2017 Interactive Media Awards. The site’s new user-focused content didn’t go unnoticed either, receiving an Honorable Mention in the Web Content category at the MarCom awards.
Rutland Regional Medical Center
Rutland Regional Medical Center is a regional system located in rural Vermont. The health system hadn’t redesigned in four years and was ready to modernize the site design and go responsive. The new, responsive site offers large hero images, clean navigation, and clear bold calls to action. It received a Distinction at the 2017 Interactive Media Awards.
UNC Physicians Network
UNC Physicians Network turned to us to develop a site that builds off of the already established digital foundation for UNC Health but gives their more than 50 practice locations a dedicated area for their story. The site received an Honorable Mention in the medical category of the MarCom awards.
Adventist Medical Group
How to brand a medical group is a top question facing many healthcare marketers today. For one award-winning example, check out Adventist Medical Group. The site features engaging provider profiles and custom location pages. The medical group also worked with us to create user-focused service line content. The site received an Honorable Mention in the medical category of the MarCom awards.
Blogging is a popular way to engage your target audience and help search engine rankings at the same time. Asante launched a blog to share special moments, health tips, and recipes with their Medford, OR community. The MarCom awards were impressed, giving Asante a Gold in the Social Media category.
Award-winning design and development for healthcare
Award-winning web design and development is about more than just using eye-catching imagery or the latest trends in rollover effects. All of these healthcare organizations worked with Geonetric to ensure their sites not only bring their brands to life online but have a strong technical foundation that takes everything from accessibility to page load speed into consideration.
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