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Denis MacLeod, Grand Forks, Published October 22 2013

Letter: Center provides morgue services

Regarding The Forum article “Lack of morgue leaves coroner scrambling” (Oct. 19):

The UND Forensic Pathology Practice Center does do cases for northwestern Minnesota; however, the center has also been providing services to Cass County since Sept. 1, 2013. The center has conducted autopsies for Grand Forks County cases since 2003. From December 2006 to July 2007, Dr. Mary Ann Sens and her staff provided services to all of North Dakota while there was no forensic pathologist for the state.

The ND State Forensic Examiner (Bismarck) transferred all cases from 13 counties to the UND Forensic Pathology Practice Center, including Cass County. The counties now served are Barnes, Cass, Cavalier, Grand Forks, Griggs, Nelson, Pembina, Ransom, Richland, Sargent, Steele, Traill, and Walsh. In July 2014, the following counties will be transferred: Benson, Eddy, Foster, Pierce, Ramsey, Rolette, Towner and Wells.

The UND Forensic Pathology Practice Center is a fully regionalized system serving many North Dakota counties. In addition, the center offers services to North Dakota hospitals including Altru, Sanford North, Essentia, and other health care facilities throughout the state. The center is the only facility in the state that will perform autopsy services for any family that requests them.

MacLeod is assistant director, Office of Alumni and Community Relations at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences.