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Anatomic Gift Donation Program

Honoring your loved one, helping others. An invaluable gift at the time of death.

Facing the death of a loved one brings about a range of questions. From practical matters to philosophical issues, you have much to consider.

For many people, the option of body donation at death offers a way to honor your loved one. It allows you to give a sacred gift that helps the community.

Donating the body for medical education is an alternative to burial or cremation that can sometimes ease the financial issues of a loved one’s death. It is a privilege and an honor that we hold in the highest regard.

Advancing medical knowledge

After a family member passes, it is often difficult to understand your options. Many families like yours have chosen to help advance medicine through the Legacy Body Donation Program.

A donated body is used for training doctors, nurses and other medical professionals with new medical procedures and new medical technologies. They learn techniques that save lives, improve care and speed recovery.

With the help of surgeons who have trained with us, we have been able to develop life-saving techniques that are used worldwide and have saved countless lives. You can have peace of mind donating to the Legacy Body Donation Program because we maintain the highest ethical standards. It is a gift that gives for generations.

Made simple

We have made donating to medical education easy. Use the contact information to reach us at any time; we will do all the work for you. We will pick up your loved one from the location you specify, keeping all of your and your loved one’s personal information completely confidential. We are always here to assist in any way possible with your arrangements.

What it means to you

  • We take care of transporting the body.
  • We cover all costs of cremation.
  • We return all of the cremated remains to the family.
  • We can assist with any paperwork.
  • We can help with obtaining certified death certificates upon request.

You make a difference in everyone’s health

You can take solace in knowing that you are the reason we are making a difference. We are able to test new tools, ideas and procedures that wind up changing the lives of hundreds of thousands if not millions of people over time.

We can only make these improvements because of the generosity of families such as yours, who believe in the cause of medical education, innovation and the desire to improve patient safety and treatment.

Your no-cost donation provides enormous benefits to medical innovation, training and professional education for a brighter future for all. It is that simple.

For more information:

To donate, call 503-783-3387 (available 24/7) or send an email to: LISEI@lhs.org (please include a contact telephone number in your email to us).

About the Legacy Institute for Surgical Education and Innovation

The Legacy Body Donation Program, part of the Legacy Institute for Surgical Education and Innovation (LISEI), is an integral part of the nonprofit Legacy Health family. LISEI is accredited by the American College of Surgeons as a Comprehensive Medical Educational Institute — the first program in Oregon to receive this prestigious designation.

We are committed to improving surgical outcomes; we have gained international acclaim for our medical advancements.

We also provide a place to develop new technologies and train physicians. We have been on the leading edge of developing new techniques for replacing knees and hips, using robot-assisted surgery, implanting heart-pacing devices and more.

Such advances have been made possible as a result of generous body donors.