UT Health McGovern Medical School:

6431 Fannin Street, Ste. 7.046

Houston, TX 77030

Phone: 713-500-5603

Fax: 713-500-0522


Coordinator: Kimberly Perez 713-500-5603

Supervisor of Anatomical Services: Kurt Clark 713-500-6154

Anatomical Embalmer: David Hern 713-500-6156

UT Pager: 713-760-2649


Determine the state of the body:


Acceptance Criteria for UT Health McGovern Medical School:

-       Less than 5’ male (150 lb.)/ 5’6”-5’9” (190 lb.)/ 6’-6’4” (225 lb.)

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


UT will accept:

Š      Sepsis

Š      Jaundice

Š      Fetal Position

Š      Bed Sores

Š      Amputee









































Procedures for UT Health McGovern Medical School


1.     A hospice nurse, hospital nurse, police officer, or family member will call us with the first call. Determine if the decedent meets criteria for acceptance. If there are any hesitations or questions about the acceptance criteria and determining if the donor is a suitable candidate for donation, please call Kurt or David Hern. They will help you determine if the donor is suitable.

  1. If the donor meets criteria, take the first call and enter in SRS. Create a pick up notice and send over, along with the first call sheet to Dispatch at dispatch@carnesfuneralhome.com. 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 Kurt or David at UT immediately! The driver is NOT to make the removal if the body is unsuitable for donation. If the body meets criteria, the driver is to make the removal and deliver the decedent to UT. If the decedent is located over 100 miles from the medical school, the decedent will need to be embalmed for transportation. There is a fee of $400 for this and will have to be collected from the Next of Kin prior to transport.
  2. UT Health will pay mileage up to 300 miles radius of Houston. The family will have to pay the mileage fee over 300 miles at the rate of $2.50/ per loaded mile.
  3. Contact the Next of Kin to obtain the vitals for the death certificate. 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. Save a copy of the form to the decedent’s file in the S: Drive and in SRS. Email, fax, or mail the Facts of Death to the Next of Kin to proof. Place of Disposition for this death certificate is UT Health McGovern Medical School in Houston, TX.
  4. Email the Facts of Death Verification Form, the UT After Death Donor Form for the consent to the donation and instructions for the return of the cremated remains, death certificate request form, and credit card authorization form to the Next of Kin.
  5. The cost of the death certificates to the UT families is $25 for the first copy and $15 for each additional certified copy.
  6. Designate the doctor to sign in TER once you have confirmation that all vitals are correct by clicking the Designate Medical Certifier icon at the top of the TER webpage. Choose the appropriate drop down for type of certifier and designate either Physician, Justice of the Peace, or Medical Examiner. Search for the doctor and designate. Call the doctor to inform them that they have been designated to sign.
  7. Once signed, order the number of death certificates the family wishes including 1 certified copy for UT. Once they come in, mail the 1 certified copy of the DC to Baylor and the rest to the Next of Kin.
  8. Scott handles the billing for UT Health McGovern Medical School.