Southwest Airlines to Provide $2.8M in Medical Transportation Grants in 2014

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Southwest Airlines is known for its triple bottom line approach that takes into account the carrier’s performance and productivity, the importance of its people and the communities it serves, and its commitment to efficiency and the planet.

As part of that stance, Southwest (NYSE: LUV) will provide more than $2.8 million in free flights to caregivers and patients seeking medical treatment for serious illnesses. The airline’s Medical Transportation Grant Program has chosen 73 nonprofit hospitals and healthcare organizations in the United States, with a total impact on 99 facilities, for its 2014 program.

The program helps families facing serious illness receive the best possible medical treatment, while easing their financial burden by allowing them to fly for free. Participating nonprofit hospitals and healthcare programs will provide free Southwest tickets to families that need to travel for specialized medical care.

The Southwest Airlines Medical Transportation Grant Program was established seven years ago. Since then, the program has disbursed more than 33,000 free airline tickets totaling $13.2 million across 26 states, and affected over 26,000 patients and their families.

San Diego is the latest community that will benefit from the program in 2014. First-time recipients Scripps Health and Rady Children’s Hospital will join other leading hospitals already in the program such as The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and Shriners Hospitals for Children.

A full list of participants in the Southwest Airlines 2014 Medical Transportation Grant Program is available at southwest.com/medicalgrant.

Source: 3BL Media

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