UT Health McGovern
6431 Fannin Street, Ste. 7.046
Houston, TX 77030
Coordinator: Kimberly Perez 713-500-5603
Supervisor of Anatomical Services: Kurt Clark 713-500-6154
Anatomical Embalmer: David Hern
UT Pager: 713-760-2649
state of the body:
- Confirm Cause of Death
- Confirm approximate Height
- Obtain important Vital
Statistic information (Full Name of Decedent, Date of Birth, Date &
Time of Death, Place of Death, Location of Body, SSN, Marital Status,
Race, Residence Address, NOK Relationship & Contact Information
including address, and Signing Doctor for DC & Phone #)
- Determine if the decedent
meets criteria for acceptance
Criteria for UT Health McGovern Medical School:
- Accepts pre-willed bodies and
- At least 18 years or older
- Weight/Height Limit
Less than 5’ male (150 lb.)/ 5’6”-5’9” (190 lb.)/ 6’-6’4”
Less than 5’ female (150 lb.)/ 5’6”-5’9” (170 lb.)/
5’10”-6’ (190 lb.)
- No Autopsy performed
- No severe burns or
- No head injury that has
changed the shape of the skull
- No Major or Communicable Diseases
(HIV, AIDS, Active STDs, Hepatitis B, Hantavirus, Active Viral Influenza,
Measles, Ebola, MRSA, Rabies, Tuberculosis, Leprosy, etc.)
- No Viral Encephalitis
- No Edema (depends on grade)
- No Aspirated Bodies
- No Gangrene
- No Double Amputee of the
same type limb
- No VRE (Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus)
- No C Difficile
- No HTLV (Human T-Lymphotrophic Virus)
- No Diphtheria
- No Cholera
- No Syphilis
- No Known Relatives
UT will accept:
Procedures for UT Health McGovern Medical School
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.
- 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 email@example.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.
- 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.
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.
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.
cost of the death certificates to the UT families is $25 for the first
copy and $15 for each additional certified copy.
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.
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.
handles the billing for UT Health McGovern Medical School.