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.
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.
'AHEAD OF THE CURVE'
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.”
'SETTING THE STANDARD'
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.