As of 2015, about 100 hospitals across America offer free medical transportation through Southwest Airlines' medical transportation grant program, explains the airline. Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers in Morris, Illinois, offers residents of Morris and neighboring communities free, non-emergency van transportation to the hospital and doctors' offices, states the hospital.
Southwest Airlines announced donating more than $3.2 million in free round-trip tickets to nonprofit hospitals and medical transportation organizations in 2015, according to the company's website. Southwest allows the hospitals and organizations to choose how they distribute the tickets to patients and caregivers. Southwest Airlines instituted its program in 2007, and a list of current grant recipients is available on the company's website.
Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers accepts calls to its toll-free number during normal business hours Monday through Friday to schedule van transportation appointments, according to the hospital's website. Riders must schedule their appointments at least 72 hours in advance. The vans accommodate wheelchairs and cover close to two dozen towns and cities, including Morris, Braceville and Yorkville.