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County Manager's Office

Phone: 913-715-0725

111 S. Cherry St., Suite 3300, Olathe, KS 66061

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Medical Examiner Facility Project

Medical examiner building construction

Construction is complete on the new 33,000-square-foot, single story medical examiner facility. The building opened for business on June 8. Planning for a ribbon cutting ceremony is underway.

The facility is located at 11894 S. Sunset Drive, on the Johnson County Government campus in Olathe.

The Medical Examiner’s Office (MEO) investigates deaths that occur in the county, including deaths due to violent means, are unattended or suspicious, in-custody deaths, deaths due to a public health threat, and deaths where identity is an issue. This includes deaths of individuals without a physician available and willing to sign the death certificate. Investigations may include medical record review, external examination, radiography, toxicology and/or autopsy. Following investigation, the MEO determines cause and manner of death and certifies the death certificate.

Johnson County broke ground on the construction project in December 2018. Voters approved a ¼-cent sales tax in November 2016 to build a $21 million facility.

The construction manager was McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. The architect was PGAV Architects. The project team visited peer facilities in New Mexico, Maryland, Kansas and Missouri to gather information on best practices, design efficiencies and ideas for specialty fixtures and equipment.

The goals of the new medical examiner facility are:

  • Increase autopsy rates to meet appropriate national benchmarks
  • Build a state of the art, high-functioning facility, known for excellence and leadership 
  • Facilitate National Association of Medical Examiners (N.A.M.E.) accreditation by meeting scientific requirements 
  • Provide reliable data for public health to identify trends and emerging diseases

Johnson County Medical Examiner Facility Groundbreaking

Medical Examiner Facility Project News

Ground breaking for new medical examiner facility

County leaders and other partners and stakeholders donned hard hats and flipped dirt on a cold and drizzly Thursday. A ground breaking ceremony celebrated the construction of Johnson County’s first-ever medical examiner facility.

NEW: Please take a look at our ground breaking video below. We also have information in this news release and photos available here.

 

 

 

Plans underway for new county medical examiner facility

Renderings and a fly-through animation are now available for the new county medical examiner facility. The project team presented those materials along with a project overview and schedule update, at a Committee of the Whole on Thursday, Nov. 1.

Johnson County has long studied the need for its own medical examiner facility to perform autopsies and death investigations. The Johnson County voters approved a ¼-cent sales tax in November 2016 to build a $21 million facility.

You can read more about the project in this news release. We also have made available the renderings and animation at this link.

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