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GlaxoSmithKline honors Philadelphia-area healthcare nonprofits

GlaxoSmithKline honors nonprofits that care for those in need of healthcare in Pennsylvania and New Jersey
GlaxoSmithKline honors nonprofits that care for those in need of healthcare in Pennsylvania and New Jersey
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Three local nonprofit health care providers are this year’s recipients of GlaxoSmithKline’s 14th annual Philadelphia–area IMPACT Awards.

The three recipients are the South Jersey Eye Center, Inc. of Camden, N.J., Birth Care & Family Health Services of Bart, Pa., and the Maternal and Child Health Consortium of Chester County, Inc. of West Chester, Pa. Each nonprofit will receive $40,000 for having a significant impact on its community by providing access to proactive and effective healthcare services. A ceremony will be held on Monday, December 13 at GlaxoSmithKline in Philadelphia to honor the Philadelphia-area nonprofits.

The IMPACT award gets its name from Innovation, Management, Partnership, Achievement, Community focus and the Targeting of needs within community-based healthcare organizations.

“All of the GlaxoSmithKline IMPACT Award winners are leaders in the nonprofit world and in their communities,” said Mary Linda Andrews, GlaxoSmithKline Director of Community Partnerships. “The dedicated teams of professionals and volunteers at these organizations are working on the front lines to provide access to healthcare at a time when people need it most. These awards provide additional resources to help them continue their important work.”

Birth Care and Family Health Services is Pennsylvania’s first and oldest freestanding birth center. Founded in 1978, it provides safe and sensitive midwifery care to families within their community, regardless of ability to pay. They celebrated a milestone this year with the delivery of their 5,000th baby. The Birth Care and Family Health Service is a first-time winner of the IMPACT award.

The South Jersey Eye Center’s mission is to reduce vision impairment by providing high quality comprehensive eye health and vision care and to raise the awareness of eye health. It is the only facility of its kind in the New Jersey completely dedicated to providing high quality comprehensive free and low cost eye health and vision care to needy, poor, low and moderate income, uninsured and underinsured residents of Camden City and the Southern New Jersey region. The South Jersey Eye Center is a two-time winner of the IMPACT Award.

The Maternal and Child Health Consortium (MCHC) of Chester County is a countywide organization working to increase access to health, social, and educational services for low-income families. MCHC offers culturally-sensitive health education, linkages to vital resources, and support to help families ensure that their children have the opportunity to start healthy, stay healthy, and succeed in school. The Maternal and Child Health Center Consortium is GlaxoSmithKline’s first-ever three-time IMPACT Award winner.

GlaxoSmithKline will be accepting award applications for the GlaxoSmithKline 15th Annual IMPACT Award beginning in January 2011. In order to qualify, applicants must provide access to community healthcare services (primary mission) in the Pennsylvania counties of Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lehigh, Montgomery, and Philadelphia and the City of Camden, New Jersey; have annual total operating expenses between $160,000 and $3 million, as documented in the organization’s most recent fiscal year financial statement; and have been in existence as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization for at least five years. A panel of local and national healthcare delivery experts and GlaxoSmithKline representatives will determine the winners based on a strong demonstration of ongoing success in providing access to healthcare; commitment to serving people in need; facilitation of healthcare delivery, substantive partnerships; policy development; and a solid record of achievement, management and leadership. For more details on the GlaxoSmithKline IMPACT Awards, visit www.gsk-us.comand click “Our work with communities,” then click “Health programs,” then click “Awards,” or call the GlaxoSmithKline Office of Community Partnerships at 215-751-5171.


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  • Benedictines 4 years ago

    What a beautiful article highlighting some of the wonderful and positive things that are going on all around us!

  • RichardP1 4 years ago

    A nice article especiially with all of the big pharma bashing that goes on. Thank you Biology Examiner for highlighting all that Big Pharma does fo rthe community.

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