HOPE® Program

HOPE® Program for Hospice Patients and the Terminally Ill

The Science Care Hope Program is a no cost pre-screening program that allows patients, families, and healthcare providers to know with certainty if a donor meets current research criteria before the time of passing. This gives your family peace of mind when it’s needed most.

How Does the HOPE® Program Work?

  • The patient must be under hospice care or terminally ill.
  • The patient, family, or healthcare provider may initiate the HOPE® Program process by calling Science Care at 800.417.3747. A pre-screen will be performed by a knowledgeable Family Services representative to determine if the patient meets criteria for current research or training programs.
  • Once a determination has been made, Science Care will work with the donor, legal next of kin, and/or healthcare provider to complete as much of the donation paperwork as legally allowed. This drastically reduces the process for the next of kin and healthcare provider at the time of the patient’s passing.
  • At the time of passing, a minimal number of follow-up questions will be asked and any remaining legally required paperwork will be finalized. Science Care will arrange for transportation and cremation. Tissue not recovered for research and education is cremated and returned in 3-5 weeks.

Terms and Conditions

  • The HOPE Program donor and/or donor family has completed the medical screening assessment process with Science Care and it is determined that current donation criteria are met.
  • A legally valid authorization for donation and cremation must be provided to Science Care by the donor before the time of passing, or by the required number of the highest legal order next of kin after the time of passing.
  • The terms and conditions as established by Science Care’s informed consent for donation and cremation will apply.
  • The donor or legal next of kin must not have revoked the informed consent for donation or cremation, which they may legally revoke at any point in the process prior to tissue procurement.
  • The donor must be in one of the eligible states at the time of passing. We are not able to accept donations from countries outside of the U.S.
  • Upon passing, timely notification to Science Care is required in order to maintain tissue integrity for medical research and education.
  • Participation in the HOPE Program is valid for 12 months from the time of enrollment.
  • Science Care reserves the right to change the terms of or discontinue the HOPE Program at any time and without prior notice.
  • The HOPE Program will be conducted under the terms established by Science Care standard policies and procedures, and in accordance with all applicable state, federal and local laws.

A Life-Affirming Choice

Giving Hope Through Whole Body Donation

Joining the donor registry is an important first step and helps to make your wishes known to your loved ones. Your information is never shared and is kept confidential with restricted access.

Join The Registry

Need More Information?

About Whole Body Donation

If you need more information or have questions about whole body donation, please give us a call. Our family services coordinators are available 24 hours a day – 7 days a week and can answer all of your questions.

CALL 800 417 3747
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