DALLAS - Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) announced today that 75 nonprofit hospitals and medical organizations across the nation will benefit from the Southwest Airlines® Medical Transportation Grant Program (MTGP), with the total impact reaching 100 facilities in 2017. In celebration of the 10th anniversary the airline’s Medical Transportation Grant Program, Southwest® will donate 10,000 roundtrip flights in 2017 to benefit families who need to travel for specialized medical care. This travel is donated in an effort to reduce the financial burden of serious illness on individuals and families.
Southwest is extending a healing hand through partnership with Musicians On Call (MOC), a nonprofit organization that brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities across the country. Through the airline’s partnership with MOC, musicians will have the opportunity to connect with patients through the healing power of music—truly medicine for the soul.
As part of the celebration of Southwest’s MTGP milestone anniversary, MOC will perform special concert performances for Southwest Customers to enjoy at Los Angeles (LAX), Nashville (BNA), and Atlanta (ATL) airports.
“Musicians On Call is honored to partner with Southwest Airlines as we work together to provide the healing power of music to hospital patients and unique music experiences to customers in cities across the country,” said Pete Griffin, Musicians On Call President. “Like Southwest, Musicians On Call strives to support children, adults, Veterans, and families in healthcare facilities and working together we will have a deeper impact on this shared value.”
“Southwest Airlines is known for loving People. We are a Company with Heart and we are honored to have been able to connect People with the medical treatment they need for the last 10 years,” said Linda Rutherford, Southwest Airlines Vice President and Chief Communications Officer. “This new partnership with Musicians On Call is a beautiful way to bring music to patients and put a smile on their faces.”
Since the Southwest Airlines Medical Transportation Grant Program’s inception in 2007, more than 59,000 complimentary roundtrips—valued at more than $23 million—have been distributed to organizations in 28 states. Duke University Medical Center, the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center; Miracle Flights; Shriners Hospitals for Children; and The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center have been MTGP recipients since the program began 10 years ago. To date, there have been 109 total participating nonprofit hospitals and medical organizations. Visit https://www.southwest.com/medicalgrant/ to view a full list of participating Partners.
To learn more about the positive impact of the Medical Transportation Grant Program, visit www.southwest.com/medicalgrant. To learn about qualifications for travel assistance through the designated organizations, please contact the Social Work, Travel/Concierge Service, or Patient Assistance Department directly at the hospitals and medical organizations listed online, as each has unique guidelines for the administration of tickets.