Johnson County to break ground on first medical examiner facility

Dan Weinbaum
December 12, 2018 - 6:49 am

Johnson County

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Johnson County will break ground this week on its first dedicated medical examiner facility.

Kansas' most populous county has had a coroner for a long time, and the new facility will allow more forensic work to be done in-house. 

"For years Johnson County has contracted out all of that work, done in different places, and in recent years, work has been done by a for-profit entity in Wyandotte County," said Lougene Marsh, with the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment.

The state-of-the-art facility at 119th Street and Ridgeview in Olathe was made possible when voters approved a quarter-cent sales tax in 2016. The cost is approximately $21 million.

The medical examiner's building will include multiple autopsy stations, including an observation and teaching area.

The county will also install a medical examiner, trained as a forensic pathologist, beginning in January 2019.

The new facility is expected to be operational in the second quarter of 2020.

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