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GlaxoSmithKline, one of the world's leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies, has announced that the Legal Clinic for the Disabled, Inc. (www.legalclinicforthedisabled.org) of Philadelphia--which is housed in Magee Rehabilitation Hospital-- is one of the GlaxoSmithKline 15th Annual IMPACT Award recipients in the Philadelphia area. The Philadelphia 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 Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011 at GlaxoSmithKline in Philadelphia to honor the organization.

"The recipients of the GlaxoSmithKline IMPACT Award inspire us to keep dedicating ourselves to making the world a better place, especially in these challenging times," said Mary Linda Andrews, GlaxoSmithKline Director of Community Partnerships. "The individuals behind these organizations are healthcare advocates, change agents and passionate community supporters working to build stronger and healthier and communities."

Founded in 1990, the Legal Clinic for the Disabled, Inc. (LCD) provides free legal services to low income people with physical disabilities to help them overcome legal obstacles that might otherwise affect their health, independence, safety or quality of life. LCD is located in the Magee Rehabilitation Hospital in Philadelphia. Since its inception, the organization has partnered with the Hospital, creating one of the first medical-legal partnerships in the country to meet the legal needs of patients.

LCD is the only organization in the five-county region (Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Montgomery and Delaware) dedicated exclusively to providing legal services tailored to the needs of persons with physical disabilities. It has a staff of six lawyers, legal interns from area law schools, and scores of pro-bono volunteer attorneys. The organization primarily supports adults with physical disabilities such as paralysis, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, brain injury, hearing or visual impairment. It also works with individuals who have a disability as a result of a chronic illness, families of children with disabilities and people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

The organization provides legal representation, advice/brief service and community outreach and education. LCDs cases deal with a multitude of basic needs and issues that threaten family well-being including healthcare and domestic violence. To be eligible for services, clients must have a physical disability, have a case or live in the five-county Philadelphia area, and have an income at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Level, which is $16,335 for a single person and $33,525 for a family of four.

LCD knows that by virtue of living with a disability, any disruption in a personҒs daily life can have serious health consequences, whether it is in accessing the healthcare they need or obtaining food, housing or transportation. It helps address these issues by immersing itself into the community it serves. LCD reaches its clients through regular telephone intake, including bilingual translators, as well as on-site visits to clients homes, community programs, in-patient facilities and primary healthcare sites.

The organization has established Community Legal Outreach Clinics at Inglis House, Associated Services for the Blind and Jewish Family and ChildrenҒs Service of Greater Philadelphia. It has developed Medical Legal Partnerships with St. Christophers Hospital for Children and three nurse-managed health centers through the Family Practice&Counseling Network. Through an interdisciplinary, holistic team approach, LCDҒs attorneys and healthcare personnel combine law and medicine to remove legal barriers that prevent access to healthcare and mitigate negative social circumstances that prevent positive health outcomes. To learn more about the organization, go to www.legalclinicforthedisabled.org.

About GlaxoSmithKline IMPACT Awards:

Every year the GlaxoSmithKline IMPACT Awards acknowledge, highlight and reward nonprofit organizations that have a significant impact on their communities and are accomplished, proactive and effective in their work. GlaxoSmithKlines IMPACT Awards represent and support Innovation, Management, Partnership, Achievement, Community focus and the Targeting of needs within community-based healthcare organizations. Nonprofits that exemplify the IMPACT Awards criteria continue to provide quality, accessible healthcare to their communities despite their financial and resource limitations. Winners in previous years include organizations that provide medical and dental care for the underserved, health services for cancer patients, access to healthcare for the chronically ill and pediatric therapy for those with special needs and comprehensive eye health and vision care.

Winners of the GlaxoSmithKline IMPACT Awards provide access to community healthcare services (primary mission) in the Pennsylvania counties of Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lehigh, Montgomery and Philadelphia as well as the City of Camden, New Jersey; have annual total operating expenses between $160,000 and $3 million, as documented in the organizationҒs 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 determined 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.com and select Our work with communities,Ӕ then click Health programs,Ӕ then click Awards,Ӕ then click Philadelphia areaӔ or call the GlaxoSmithKline Office of Community Partnerships at 215-751-5171.
 About GlaxoSmithKline

GlaxoSmithKline one of the world֒s leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies is committed to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer. For company information, visit GlaxoSmithKline on the World Wide Web at us.gsk.com.  

Media Contacts at GlaxoSmithKline: Leah Ludwig (215) 340-0480 / leah@furiarubel.com or Brandyn Bissinger (267) 446-7010 / brandyn@furiarubel.com

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