Volume 23, Issue 1 (January 1978)
A Modern Medical Examiner Facility
Within the past several years a number of new medical examiner facilities have been completed in Washington, D.C., Phoenix, Arizona, and Los Angeles, California. In July 1976, the Office of the Medical Investigator, an integral part of the Department of Pathology of The University of New Mexico, relocated into a newly completed facility located on The University of New Mexico Health Sciences campus. Within this combined structure, in addition to the offices and laboratories of the state medical investigator (examiner), are all the laboratories supporting the state health and environmental program and shared conference and teaching laboratories. The structure, completed at a cost of $4.1 million in 1976, contains 740 m2 (8000 ft2) for present medical investigator and medical school autopsy functions, pathology functions, and related teaching and research, and 2700 m2 (29 000 ft2) for other laboratory services. The building is connected by a tunnel with the medical school and affiliated hospital. The area is officially designated the morphology suite because morgues as traditionally designed were repugnant not only to the public but to hospital personnel as well. There is 280 m2 (3000 ft2) of unimproved interior space designated for future expansion, some of which is already being completed for the computer suite.