KBTX | Bryan & College Station, TX | Aggieland News

Texas Tech Decides To End Medical Examiner Service In 2009

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - The Texas Tech Health Sciences Center has
decided that forensic work doesn't mesh with the school's overall
mission, meaning about 80 South Plains counties will have to find a
new medical examiner by fall 2009.
Lubbock County Judge Tom Head said he was surprised last week
when HSC President John Baldwin told him Tech was ending its
contract to operate the Lubbock County Medical Examiner's Office.
Officials received a certified letter dated August 5 informing
them of the decision.
The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reported the end of the contract
also affects Amarillo, Plainview, Big Spring and Lubbock, who
received forensic services including autopsies performed by four
forensic pathologists at the Lubbock County Medical Examiner's
Office.
Dr. Steven Berk, dean of the Tech medical school, said that a
large patient load, an ambitious research program and other goals
meant that the medical examiner's office was no longer a good fit.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, Trolling or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Questions may be sent to comments@kbtx.com. Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus
KBTX-TV Channel 3 4141 E. 29th Street Bryan, TX 77802 Phone: (979) 846-7777 Fax: (979) 846-1490 News Fax: (979) 846-1888
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 26381004 - kbtx.com/a?a=26381004