Anatomical Transport Protocol

Assisting a Family with Death of Registered Donor

The medical facility (or appropriate authority, when death occurs outside of a facility) is responsible for contacting the University of Cincinnati Body Donation Program (UC) upon the death of a registered donor.

All pre-registered deceased donors should be transported to the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science (CCMS) during normal business hours or after-hours. The medical facility should assist the family in making transportation arrangements to the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. The family decides who will transport the body – either a funeral home or ambulance service – but the facility can make the arrangements. Transportation is the only expense to the family. See the protocol below for deaths occurring during and outside normal business hours.

Important Reminders:

  • Paperwork – Copy of the Body Bequeathal Form / registration confirmation letter and/or donor card must accompany decedent and be provided to CCMS at the time of transport.
  • Personal Effects – All personal effects and valuables should be removed and given to decedent’s family.

Death During Normal Business Hours (8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday – Friday)

  • Call UC:

UC Body Donation 513-558-5612  (Gina Burg, Program Director)

  • Transport must call CCMS prior to arrival:

Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science 513-761-3773 (Wanda Lee, Clinical Director)
645 W. North Bend Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45224

Death After Business Hours (after 4:00 p.m., weekends, holidays)

  • Call UC, Leave voice message:

UC Body Donation 513-558-5612 (Gina Burg, Program Director)

  • Transport must call CCMS at least 30 minutes prior to arrival:

Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science 513-761-3773 (On-call Lab Assistant / Wanda Lee, Clinical Director)
645 West North Bend Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45224

The family of the donor is not charged for storage of the body at CCMS.

Donor Program

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