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 have donated 10,000 roundtrip flights this year to families who need to travel for specialized medical care.
Southwest® is 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 partnership announcement, 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).
“Thanks to the support of Southwest Airlines, Musicians On Call has been able to deliver the healing power of music to more people. Music can connect us all and plays an impactful role in the healing process. We’re proud that our volunteers have performed for over 600,000 patients, families and caregivers,” said Pete Griffin, Musicians On Call President.
We partner with Musicians On Call to bring music into the hospitals that are recipients of the MTGP. Musicians On Call and Southwest® kicked off the campaign at Vanderbilt University Medical Center with a special music performance from Broken Bow Recording Artist Brooke Eden, followed by Judah and the Lion at Children’s National Health System, and Nils Lofgren at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
To learn more, visit www.musiciansoncall.org.
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