18111 NE Sandy Blvd

Portland, OR 97230

Toll Free: 866-560-2525

Phone: 503-257-9101

Fax: 503-257-9101


Determine the state of the body:


Acceptance Criteria for MedCure:

-       Less than 5’6” male (170 lb.)/ 5’6”-5’9” (190 lb.)/ 6’-6’4” (200 lb.)

-       Less than 5’6” female (150 lb.)/ 5’6”-5’9” (170 lb.)/ 5’10”-6’ (190 lb.)



Procedures for MedCure


  1. MedCure will call us with a first call and we can also make an after-death referral to them. If they call us, they have already screened the body and accepted. If we are making a referral, we will need to screen the body and then make the referral to MedCure. The family should not call! MedCure will contact the family and conduct a medical history and social history interview with the Next of Kin and will make the decision for acceptance. MedCure will fax us a copy of the recorded acceptant and consent to the donation along with any vitals they may have. They don’t always get this so we need to follow up with the family and obtain the vitals for the death certificate.  
  2. Once the first call is taken and entered in SRS, create a pick up notice and send over, along with the first call sheet to Dispatch at If the driver arrives to where the decedent is located and finds that the decedent is decomposing and/or possibly unsuitable for donation for any reason, please call Dispatch and MedCure ASAP!
  3. Keep the decedent in refrigeration until the scheduled flight. We DO NOT embalm for the flight!
  4. Send over a Prep for Service to informing them of the flight TBD. Tell them not to embalm and to double bag the decedent per the airlines’ guidelines. Ask them to place the decedent in a combo unit for flight and inform them that you will send over the flight information once you have received the Burial Transit Permit and have the flight booked. Prep is to pack the decedent with gel packs for the flight. Include an extra copy of the Burial Transit Permit in the combo unit.
  5. Enter vitals in TER and print a Facts of Death Verification Form by clicking on the Informant Verification icon at the top of the TER webpage. Email a copy to the Next of Kin to proof along with the death certificate request form. MedCure pays for two (2) death certificates to be provided to the family. If the family needs more than (2), they can purchase the death certificates for $25 for the first copy and $15 for each additional certified copy.
  6. Obtain the Burial Transit Permit from the appropriate county clerk in which the death occurred by faxing over a Fax Cover Sheet requesting a Burial Transit Permit for Removal from State and a Facts of Death Verification Form. If the county is Harris County or City of Houston, you must send a driver in person to obtain the permit. They do not accept faxed requests. The appropriate registrar needs to be designated in order for them to generate it and the type of disposition must be checked as “Removal from State”.  Place of Disposition for this transit permit is MedCure in Portland, OR.
  7. Book a non-stop flight- first out if possible- into Portland, Oregon. We book directly with Southwest Airlines- (888) 922-9525. Use our shipper ID #54678. DO NOT USE EAGLES WINGS! Once the flight is booked, go to and enter the tracking # in the Tracking # box on the left-hand side of the page. This will generate a confirmation of the flight booked with all of the flight information. This is the Southwest Airlines Tracking Sheet. Print this document out. In SRS, under Printed Materials, click on the Shipping Tab. Type in shipper information (Carnes FH) and Receiver information (MedCure). Type the confirmation # that Southwest gives you as both Confirmation # and Airbill #. Fill out the flight # and itinerary in the following blanks. Print out the Shipping Info document by clicking the printer icon at the bottom of the screen. This cover page accompanies the Burial Transit Permit and the Southwest Airlines Tracking Sheet. Scan these documents into SRS and call it “Flight Info”. Email this to Dispatch, Prep, and all Funeral Directors. Fax this packet to MedCure at 503-257-9101 and call MedCure to confirm they got the flight information and itinerary at 866-560-2525! We must confirm that all parties involved are aware of the flight!
  8. Designate the doctor to sign in TER. Call the doctor to inform them they have been designated to sign.
  9. Once signed, order the number of death certificates the family wishes including 1 certified copy for MedCure. Once they come in, mail the 1 certified copy of the DC to MedCure and the rest to the Next of Kin.
  10. Invoice MedCure by emailing the invoice.



To Invoice:

The referral fee for MedCure is $750. This includes the removal, holding of the decedent until flight arrangements have been made, transportation to the airport, and filing the death certificate. MedCure pays for two (2) death certificates to be provided to the family. We charge MedCure $25 for the two death certificates. We are to fax a copy to MedCure. Fax the invoice to MedCure at 503-257-9101.