MAY 20, 2009 (KANSAS CITY, MO) – Jackson County has a Medical Examiner’s Office that could serve as a “model” for others in the nation. The National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME) reached that conclusion after finding no deficiencies while inspecting the County Medical Examiner’s office earlier this year.
Jackson County Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Mary Dudley accepts the NAME accreditation from Dr. Jeffrey M. Jentzen.
Dr. Jeffrey M. Jentzen, Chairman of NAME’s Inspection and Accreditation Committee, personally conducted the Jackson County Inspection January 29. The former Chief Medical Examiner from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, returned to Kansas City on Monday to present Jackson County’s Chief Medical Examiner, Dr. Mary Dudley, the official NAME accreditation certificate during the regular weekly meeting of the County Legislature.
The Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office is now one of approximately 60 from across the nation to earn NAME accreditation. The NAME inspection involves an office’s administration, facilities, safety, records keeping, autopsy reports and performance improvements.
“This accreditation assures we’re meeting the highest standards set by our peers,” said Dr. Dudley. “The medical examiner community is most likely moving towards mandatory accreditation, so this puts us ahead of the curve – especially being cited as a model for other medical examiner offices in the country.”
Dr. Dudley thanked her forensic and administrative staffs for their two-year effort to prepare for the NAME inspection. County Executive Mike Sanders praised Dr. Dudley and her staff for their professionalism in achieving this national recognition. “Our Medical Examiner’s Office, under Dr. Dudley’s leadership over these last two years, is not only meeting the highest standards but is exceeding them,” Sanders said. “With NAME calling it a ‘model office,’ I would also have to say that our Medical Examiner’s Office is now helping to set the standards.”
When calling the Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office a "model," the NAME inspection report especially praised the office's interaction with its community partners, including law enforcement agencies, health departments, donor networks and hospitals.
When accepting the NAME accreditation, Dr. Mary Dudley pointed out the efforts of her forensic staff, including (L-R) Chief of Forensic Operations & Investigations Michael Henderson, Investigator I Larry Cridlebaugh, Investigator II Laura Fredrickson and Investigator II Allison Collins in attendance at the May 18 Legislative Meeting.