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Katrina's Korner

News & More from Science Care's Family Services Manager Katrina Hernandez


Science Care’s Family Services Department reaches new heights in customer care with an exceptionally high external survey rating exceeding 92%. The survey measures overall customer satisfaction. Our average customer hold time is under 15 seconds!   

Science Care’s initiative to pay it forward continues this month with donations to Fry’s food drive, Justa Center (an Organization which helps homeless Seniors) and Toys for Tots.

Donation is such a selfless act; we thank you for your contribution and support to our future generations.


Did you know whole body donors can also be organ donors?

Typically, organ donors can also be whole body donors through Science Care’s program. You will need to register separately through each program and let your family know you want to donate your organs first and body second.

What happens if I am not accepted in to your program?

The vast majority will qualify even those with heart disease, cancer, diabetes, ALS, etc. Call to confirm current rule out criterion. The key rule outs are contagious disease and extreme obesity.

We do recommend that you not only speak to your loved ones about your wishes to become a whole body donor but also your alternate wishes should donation not be possible. This can be as simple as teling your loved ones if you prefer cremation or burial.


No Shave November at Science Care Raises Funds for Cancer Research


Science Care employees in Phoenix raised almost $500 for the American Cancer Society during No Shave November. The activity was spearheaded by Science Care employee Luis Holguin De La Cruz...thanks Luis!


Science Care RegistrySpotlight

“At 15 years old my dad was diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer. He fought for 15 years before passing away. I have been in the medical field for 26 years and I am excited that I could have an opportunity to maybe save someone else’s life through this donation.”

Cathy Young - Arizona

“I love promoting learning and good health. This is just a final way to let someone use or learn from my remains. I want to make it easy for my son when that time comes. Something I have considered for a long time and it was great to find out about this organization and simple to sign up!”

Sand Reavey – Colorado

Are you part of the Science Care Donor Registry with a story to share? If so, we’d love to hear from you. Just email us at and tell us why you made the decision to donate your body to science. 


News Around Town
Science Care's Community Relations Managers ramp up for a busy holiday season

Sade Obanwo in Southern California:

- Dec 9th - Science Care presentation with the Psychosocial team of Vitas Hospice-Encino

- Jan 5th - Science Care presentation with Rotary Club of Murrieta


Anne Warren in Southern Florida:

- Dec 12 - Hosting a 1 hour Holiday Adopt-a-Resident Gift Giving party at Avalon Park, a 70 bed low income Assisted Living Facility in Hollywood.

- Jan 9 - Presenting an educational in-service to the members of SilverServe, the senior division of SUNServe, serving the LGBT community.

- Jan 20 - Exhibiting at Boomer Times Expo @ Hard Rock Hotel in Hollywood. JOIN US!

- Jan 22 - Participating in an educational in-service for the Coral Springs Rotary Club


Tiffany Welton in Phoenix:

Dec 17 - Silverado memory care ugly Christmas sweater party!

Dec 10 - Morningstar Senior Living and Memory Care at Arrowhead - open house

Dec 11 - JacksonWhite Law "VA with ALTCS in Surprise" at Grandview Terrace 


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Toys of Yesteryear (50'- 60's)

Before there was Amazon, eBay or Target, shopping for Christmas toys generally meant a trip to the local Woolworth’s or Sears. Kids would delight in flipping through the much anticipated Sears catalogue to hammer out their holiday wish list. During the 50’s, boys dreamed of finding a new train set or a Roy Rogers cap gun under the tree, while girls couldn’t wait for the latest Barbie doll. In the 60’s G.I. Joe and space themed toys were all the rage for boys while the Easy Bake Oven was a big hit for girls. And of course everyone wanted a new bike. Here are some popular toys of the 50’s and 60’s you may remember or even still have!

  • Suzy Homemaker Doll
  • Etch a Sketch
  • G.I. Joe
  • Tinkertoys
  • Rock ‘Em Sock ‘ Em Robots
  • Easy Bake Oven
  • Barrel of Monkeys
  • Cap Guns
  • Spirograph
  • Barbie
  • Hula Hoops
  • Transistor Radios
  • Carrom Game
  • Clue Board Game
  • Twister
  • Lionel Train Set
  • Chatty Cathy Doll


We want to hear from you! Share your fondest toys memories with us on Facebook. What was your favorite toy as a child?



Entertainment News 50 Years Ago - December 1964

  • Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer debuts on television – did you know that Rudolph was first created as a character for Chicago-based Montgomery Ward in 1936? 


  • The Pink Panther cartoon premieres as animated shorts for movie theatres (started on tv in 1969)

  • Shooting begins on the pilot for Star Trek called “The Cage”

  • James Bond in “Goldfinger” premiers (U.S.) – starring Sean Connery. The movie broke box office records and at the time was the fastest grossing film of all time.

  • The Beatles song “I Feel Fine” reaches #1 on the charts and stays there for 3 weeks

  • Dr. Zhivago begins filming


Science Care News!

Science Care's newest donation facility earns important accreditation benchmark...

Science Care of California receives accreditation from the American Association of Tissue Banks. AATB_logo

Science Care, Inc. was the first Whole Body Donation program to be accredited by the AATB. Our standards in quality and care are second to none and this recognition by the American Association of Tissue Banks supports everything we do, not only in California, but globally as well. 

Since its beginning, the AATB has been dedicated to improving and saving lives by promoting the safety, quality and availability of donated human tissue. To fulfill that mission, the AATB publishes standards, accredits tissue banks and certifies personnel. The association also interacts with regulatory agencies and conducts educational meetings.

Science Care is also has accredited donation tissue banks in Arizona, Colorado, Florida and New Jersey.


Science Care Donates 6,500 Trees in 2014

Honoring Donors and Medical Researchers

In partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation's re-forestation program, Science Care has contributed more than 6,500 trees in 2014 to honor donors through our “Memory in Nature” program. With the Memory in Nature program, each donor’s family receives a certificate commemorating a tree planting in honor of their loved-one upon the 1-year anniversary of donation.  As well, Science Care plants trees to honor the work of medical researchers and educators around the world!


In 2014, all of our Memory in Nature tree plantings supported reforestation in the Pike National Forest in central and southeast Colorado. In recent years, the Pike National Forest has been ravaged by devastating fires. We are proud to be able to help the earth and humanity heal through life-affirming action. The Memory in Nature program is just a small way that we can honor the gift of body donation and leave the world a better place for future generations. 


Science Care hits the air-waves on ABC 15’s (Phoenix) Sonoran Living Segment

In case you missed the interview with Science Care’s Director of Donor Services Melinda Ellsworth, have no fear…we have it right here



Science Care News From The Labs

The Arizona facility had a very busy year distributing much needed tissue across the globe to help medical researchers find new treatments and discover new treatment options for all types of medical conditions. “Our tissue has been used by a variety of clients including medical schools, research higher institutions of learning and a variety of medical device companies as they train doctors.  A couple of the most fascinating procedures for which they have used our tissue to train doctors have been face transplantation and full limb transplants." Mike Huston, Arizona Laboratory Facility Manager

Science Care has also facilitated hundred's of hands-on surgical raining events across the country this year helping to develop new technologies and train physicians.  Thank you donors!



Health News

Late-night meals may interfere with memory, research suggests

Lost your keys? Can’t find your cell phone? Maybe you should have skipped the late night snack! Well, at least you won’t be so hungry while searching. Check out this study on how shifting your eating schedule could possible affect your memory.

Study Suggests Running May Help With Mobility

Research has always proven that regular exercise can lead to a healthier life, but this study from the University of Colorado suggests that running at an older age can help with overall mobility.

Gluten-Free Diet Isn't Always Healthy: Hidden Risks

Thinking of going gluten-free to reap the health benefits? Better read this first.


Science "Care" Corner

Caregivers for Alzheimer's and Dementia Face Special Challenges

If you have recently begun caring for a loved-one facing Alzheimer’s and/or Dementia, you are not alone. There are many resources available to help answer your questions and get support during this difficult time. The Alzheimer’s Association website has a great section devoted to caregivers where you can find answers to all of your questions. They also offer a 24/7 helpline 1 800 272-3900


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