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County opens larger, better equipped Medical Examiner's office and city morgue

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County officials held a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday to mark the opening of a 15,000 square-foot Medical Examiners Office and Morgue. 

The new building is located at 320 Hurricane Shoals Road NE in Lawrenceville and includes more space, improved and updated technology, and more efficient administrative capability.

Board of Commissioners Chairman, Charlotte Nash, said the new facility provides the 10-person Medical Examiners Office with the capability to handle the caseload that comes with a county with nearly 1 million people.

“The Medical Examiner’s Office is a key link in the criminal justice process,” Nash said. “It is imperative for the victims, their families and for us all that the Medical Examiner’s Office has the tools and the facilities they need to find the facts behind deaths that are suspicious or unattended. And for the public, this new building has features that are more sympathetic and respectful to visitors.” 

The $5.7 million facility was paid for with SPLOST revenue and replaces two separate locations -- a small morgue and a rented administrative office.

District 4 Commissioner John Heard said the recently completed structure reflects the foresight of Gwinnett citizens to invest in public buildings and infrastructure.

“This is something we really needed, and it would have been much harder to pay for if not for the SPLOST approved by the voters,” Heard said. “The new building incorporates many ideas from the medical examiner’s staff so that it will meet their needs going into the future.” 

The new morgue space has three state of the art autopsy stations, enhanced medical and laboratory equipment and space for evidence pressing and storage.

In addition, the new building has a conference room for family and visitors, a children's area, an outdoor respite area, and offers a blend of natural and artificial lighting, unlike the previous location.

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