SiteMaker Now Available for Web Site Development
To help market-based organizations establish or update their own Web sites, Catholic Health Initiatives is providing them with SiteMaker, a Web site development tool, at no charge. "There is no charge to market-based organizations for the SiteMaker software or the license to use it," said Joyce Ross, senior vice president of communications for Catholic Health Initiatives. "However, while there is no charge for the software and license, market-based organizations will be charged for specific items, such as training, customized graphic or structural changes and optional on-line services such as MAPQUEST or PR Newsline." MedSeek is the firm that developed SiteMaker, which was the tool used to develop the national Web site. SiteMaker enables users to create, maintain and update a Web site without the traditional sole dependence on outside vendor support or in-house Web masters. Catholic Health Initiatives has licensed SiteMaker for use by all interested market-based organizations. "SiteMaker allows market-based organizations to establish a professional Web site presence with no initial capital investment in software or licensing, compared to working with an outside vendor that would easily charge $25,000 or more for a comparable tool," said Ross. "It is a versatile and robust tool that allows market-based organizations to develop Web sites with sophisticated features and functionality that, once a Web site is live, will allow site visitors to choose a physician, schedule classes from a calendar of events, applyfor a job or research health information from an extensive list of external Web sites." Since mid 1999, Catholic Health Initiatives worked with MedSeek to build the national Web site and to customize SiteMaker to meet the majority of market-based organizations’ Web site needs. Three market-based organizations beta tested the customized version of SiteMaker during a five-month pilot project, which culminated in new Web sites for Good Samaritan Health Systems, Kearney, Neb. (www.gshs.org); Mercy Medical Center, Nampa, Idaho (soon to go live); and an updated site for CARITAS Health Services, Louisville, Ky. (www.caritas.com). To ensure that Catholic Health Initiatives and MedSeek can provide the necessary training, management and technical support to market-based organizations as they initiate their use of SiteMaker, the tool will be released to a maximum of eight market-based organizations at a time. Representatives from the first group of eight market-based organizations will attend a two-day training session in May at the MedSeek facility in Birmingham, Ala. A second training session has been scheduled for July.