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Press Release Office of the Chief Medical Examiner Granted Full Accreditation Through 2022

For immediate release:
8/02/2018
  • Executive Office of Public Safety and Security
  • Office of the Chief Medical Examiner

Media Contact for Office of the Chief Medical Examiner Granted Full Accreditation Through 2022

Felix Browne, EOPSS Communications Director

BOSTONThe National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME) awarded the Massachusetts Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) full accreditation through December 16, 2022.  Full NAME accreditation of the OCME “is an endorsement indicating that the office or system provides an adequate environment for a medical examiner in which to practice his or her profession and provides reasonable assurances that the office or system well serves its jurisdiction.” 

As one of the largest medical examiner systems in the nation, with a jurisdiction serving 6.8 million people, the Massachusetts Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is responsible for determining cause and manner in deaths that are not of obviously natural causes. Approximately 15,000 deaths are reported to the OCME on an annual basis. Of those reported to a staff of about 90 full-time, part-time, contract, and training (fellows) forensic pathologists, 6000 cases are examined in one of four offices statewide, while an additional 29,000 cremation authorization examinations are performed each year. As a publically funded teaching institution, the OCME also routinely educates medical residents and students, forensic scientists, law enforcement, and attorneys.    

“We are pleased that the OCME received full accreditation for the first time ever,” said Governor Baker. “This milestone is a credit to the significant operational improvements Dr. Hull and her team have made to better serve Massachusetts families during difficult times.”

“Under the leadership of Dr. Hull many changes have been made to increase the efficiency of the OCME and address longstanding criticisms,” said Daniel Bennett, Secretary of the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, which oversees the OCME.   Since assuming the role of Chief Medical Examiner in October of 2017, Dr. Hull has established a backlog reduction program to reduce the number of unfinished cases, implemented a successful workload monitoring system to achieve the goal of completing 90% of the OCME work product (namely autopsy reports and death certificates) in 90 days, and increased efforts to recruit and retain staff

“I am proud of our accomplishments” stated Dr. Mindy Hull.  “NAME accreditation is significant and a validation of this staff’s dedication in working with Massachusetts’s families in their time of need.  My goal now is to showcase the world-class forensic pathology institution that we are.”

This is the first time the OCME has earned full accreditation, which will be applied retroactively from December 16, 2017 to December 16, 2022.  The Office previously held provisional accreditation. More information on NAME accreditation can be found here: https://www.thename.org/inspection-accreditation.

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Media Contact for Office of the Chief Medical Examiner Granted Full Accreditation Through 2022

Executive Office of Public Safety and Security 

EOPSS is responsible for the policy development and budgetary oversight of its secretariat agencies, independent programs, and several boards which aid in crime prevention, homeland security preparedness, and ensuring the safety of residents and visitors in the Commonwealth.

Office of the Chief Medical Examiner 

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner investigates the cause and manner of death for deaths that occur under violent, suspicious, or unexplained circumstances.

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