Southwest Airlines announced today that 73 nonprofit hospitals and medical organizations from across the nation have been selected for the Southwest Airlines 2014 Medical Transportation Grant Program, with the total impact touching 99 facilities. The New York City-Area hospitals selected as 2014 participants are:
- The National Foundation for Facial Reconstruction for the Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery at NYU Langone Medical Center, for the second year in a row
- North Shore University Hospital, for the fourth straight year
- Lennox Hill Hospital, for the first time
- Patient AirLift Services (PALS), for the fourth straight year
Southwest’s Medical Transportation Grant Program seeks to lessen the burden of travel expenses for families who are facing serious illness by providing complimentary, roundtrip airline tickets to nonprofit hospitals and medical organizations. Visit the NUTS About Southwest blog to see a firsthand account of how the program has made a difference in the life of Toby Shaw, a little boy battling arthrogryposis, which affects the joints in his arms and wrists, and read stories from other patients and families who have benefited from the program.
In 2014, Southwest will provide more than $2.8 million in free transportation to caregivers and patients seeking medical treatment. Now in its seventh year, Southwest’s Medical Transportation Grant Program has provided more than $13.2 million to organizations in 26 states. To see a full list of the 2014 recipients, please visit: www.southwest.com/medicalgrant. To read the news release, visit www.swamedia.com.