Tissue / Cornea Procurements
Upon opening the Champaign County Regional Morgue Facility in 2011, Coroner Northrup worked with representatives from the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation to ensure the autopsy facility met all state and national requirements for postmortem tissue and cornea procurement facilities. Coroner Northrup allowed use of the coroner facility by the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation to perform tissue and cornea recoveries for several years. Gift of Hope eventually bought out Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation's Illinois operation and transferred tissue procurement procedures to a Gift of Hope facility located in Springfield, Illinois. The Champaign County Regional Morgue Facility remains available for use by tissue and cornea recovery agencies if/when the need arises.