For the past ten years, Southwest has proudly provided complimentary air travel to benefit medical patients and their families that must travel for life-saving or life-changing medical care through Southwest Airlines Medical Transportation Grant Program (MTGP). We have been honored to work with a network of nonprofit hospitals and medical organizations nationwide that support this mission. In celebration of this milestone tenth anniversary, we will donate 10,000 roundtrip flights this year to families who need to travel for specialized medical care.
We also are extending a healing hand through a partnership with Musicians On Call (MOC), which is a nonprofit that brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities. Through our 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 our new partnership announcement, yesterday we hosted in-airport concerts at three locations: Kenli Mattus and Maggie Szabo in Los Angeles (LAX), Aubrey Wollett in Nashville (BNA), and Tim Campbell and Steven Derrick in Atlanta (ATL).
Musicians On Call volunteer musician Aubrey Wollett performs for Customers at the Nashville Airport.
Later this year, we will partner with Musicians On Call to bring music into the hospitals that are recipients of the MTGP.
Since we began the Southwest Airlines Medical Transportation Grant Program in 2007, we have donated more than 59,000 complimentary roundtrips—valued at more than $23 million—to 109 nonprofit hospitals and medical organizations in 28 states. Visit https://www.southwest.com/medicalgrant/ to view a full list of participating partners and for more information about Musicians On Call, visit www.musiciansoncall.org.