KANSAS CITY, MO – The Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office now “has a first-rate facility to match its first-rate reputation,” County Executive Mike Sanders stated during today’s grand opening of the new ME’s Office at 950 E. 21st St. in Kansas City.
Truman Medical Center and Jackson County transformed an old warehouse on the TMC campus into a state-of-the-art building featuring autopsy suites that Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Mary Dudley described as being “as nice as any OR (operating room).” Dr. Dudley and her staff also serve Cass, Clay and Platte counties. Several other surrounding counties also refer cases to the Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office.
“Our medical examiner’s office is a regional office,” said County Executive Sanders, “and this was a regional project. The opening of this new facility is yet another example of how regional collaboration equals improved public service to our community. I am grateful of the support of all, especially our county legislators, in getting this new facility finished.”
Sanders joined Dr. Dudley, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker, Jackson County Legislators, TMC President and Chief Executive Officer Charlie Shields and representatives from Cass, Clay and Platte counties in cutting the ceremonial ribbon. The Medical Examiner’s Office was formerly housed in what had once been a TMC radiology department. The two organizations have worked together for decades.
“This new office wouldn’t have been possible without a close working relationship with Jackson County,” said Shields. “We value our long partnership with Jackson County and look forward to serving the citizens of Jackson, Platte, Clay and Cass counties for years to come.”
Jackson County’s is the only Medical Examiner’s Office in Missouri to earn accreditation from the National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME). NAME inspectors found zero deficiencies – on a checklist of more than 350 items – in the county’s office.
“NAME officials repeatedly refer to the Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office as being a model,” Sanders said, “an office others across the nation should emulate.”