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Science Care works directly with numerous healthcare and senior care organizations including skilled nursing care facilities, hospice and palliative care organizations, convalescent homes, rest homes and nursing homes, home health care services, hospitals, social service organizations, continuing care retirement communities, assisted-living communities and more.

Science Care is one of the world’s largest no-cost accredited body donation programs, serving as the link between individuals who want to give back to medical research and the medical researchers in need of human tissue in order to further their medical research.

Pre-Screen Qualification Form

If you have a patient who is terminally ill and you would like to see if they qualify for the HOPE Program prior to presenting it as an option, please fill out our quick Pre-screen Qualification Form.

Learn more about working with Science Care and talking to families about whole body donation. Watch the video.

“Many of our patients and families have not thought far enough into the future about what they would like to do for their final arrangements…Working with Science Care staff has been easy, as they are knowledgeable, courteous, and sensitive to the needs of our families. Whenever there is a question about arrangements, I think of Science Care.” Victor G. Director of Social Services, Delta Hospice

Giving HOPE to Future Generations

Our HOPE® Program for hospice and terminally ill patients makes the process of donation easier.

HOPE® Program Benefits

  • No cost to donors or families
  • Complete donation arrangements in advance
  • No upper age limit
  • Return of cremated remains within 3-5 weeks
  • Available 24 hours
  • Coordination of transportation, filing of death certificate, cremation & return of remains
  • Family follow up letter 1-month after donation explaining donor’s contribution to research
  • Tree planted on the 1-year anniversary of donation in honor of each donor


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What to Expect Upon Referral

  • Quick & simple screening process (10-15 minutes)
  • Donor Services Coordinator gathers medical & social history, coordinates all consent forms and other documentation needed
  • Nearly all will qualify. Even those suffering from cancer, heart disease, diabetes, ALS, Alzheimer’s or arthritis.
  • Exclusions for donation may include:

Contagious disease: HIV/Aids, Hep B/C, TB, Syphilis,  etc. Extreme obesity or extreme low weight

“Interim HealthCare The Gift of Hospice has worked closely with Science Care for several years and our patients and their family members have only positive feedback as it relates to the care and service they provide. From the planning in advance and the ease of making final donation arrangements to the handling of loved ones, survivor satisfaction surveys speak highly of the personal, individualized, and professional services provided by Science Care.” – Donna S. Olson, Owner and Administrator, San Diego

Meet your frontline community team

Katrina Hernandez

Family Services Director

Rachel Thorman

Donor Services Manager

Tim Rosenthal

Donor Services Supervisor

Amber Motter

Donation Services Team Lead – Pennsylvania | Illinois

Renee Choate

Donation Services Team Lead – Arizona | Florida

“As a Medical Social Worker, I frequently have End-Of-Life option discussions with patients and their families or care-giving system as they make their personal wishes known while assessing alternatives for the future. Most patients think their bodies are too used up and diseased to be useful. They are often pleasantly surprised to discover they may have the opportunity to ‘give back’ to society and medical science through the whole body anatomical donation process.” – J. Griffin MSW, MSG

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Call Today to Learn More About Referring Patients to Science Care.

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What to Expect – The Donation Process

A guideline for patients and patient families.

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