Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Launches New Online Community with Social Media Solutions from ThePort Network

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New social networking community Grateful Nation helps constituents connect with one another and share their gratitude online.

The Grateful Nation community is providing new ways for patients to connect and share their feelings about treatment in a welcoming and custom-tailored online destination

ThePort Network, Inc. announced today that prestigious Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) of Boston has enhanced its website using ThePort's Social Network Software in a new community, Grateful Nation. Social networking enabled in Grateful Nation helps patients, friends, family and employees engage and interact with others who may be dealing with similar issues during treatment or after care has been successfully provided.

With Grateful Nation, members can develop their own unique profile pages, network with peers, share treatment resources, publish their own blogs, upload content to Facebook, connect through groups and comment on blogs posted by others. Participating in Events is another important way for people to meet and connect. Current or former patients registered in the community can also thank their caregivers and express gratitude in a variety of ways.

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center said that one of its chief reasons for launching an online community was to create a place where constituents could share their stories by connecting with friends, interacting in forums, uploading photos, participating in events or simply commenting on a fellow patient's story.

BIDMC chose ThePort Network to supply their social network software because of ThePort's relationship with BIDMC's existing technology vendors and its flexible pricing structure. The pre-existing relationship enabled BIDMC to implement Single-Sign-On between the new online community and other parts of its medical center website. The flexible pricing structure provided by ThePort also allowed Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center to add additional social networking features to the community that benefit its members.

"The Grateful Nation community is providing new ways for patients to connect and share their feelings about treatment in a welcoming and custom-tailored online destination," Bob Cramer, CEO and Chairman of ThePort Network said. "We are very pleased Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center selected ThePort to transform its existing website into an online social networking community for its members."

About Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center:
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is a patient care, teaching and research affiliate of Harvard Medical School and consistently ranks in the top four in National Institutes of Health funding among independent hospitals nationwide. BIDMC is clinically affiliated with the Joslin Diabetes Center and is a research partner of the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center. BIDMC is the official hospital of the Boston Red Sox. For more information about BIDMC and Grateful Nation, please visit and

About ThePort Network:
ThePortâ„¢ Network, Inc. delivers Social Media Solutions that help nonprofit organizations and associations engage their members. Through our integrated suite of proven social media solutions, ThePort enables organizations to build online communities that create new activity among constituents, generate more participation, and ultimately promote more support for the organization. ThePort customers include such world-renowned organizations as Sierra Club, Arthritis Foundation, Urban Land Institute and American College of Healthcare Executives. For more information, visit


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