ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- The University of Michigan Health System is opening an expanded, $1.35 million morgue that doubles the number of autopsies that doctors and students can conduct.
The Ann Arbor school inaugurates the new morgue this week. The Washtenaw County medical examiner's office contributed about $250,000 to the project and will conduct many of its autopsies at the facility.
Forensic services Director Dr. Jeffrey Jentzen says his university will be able to carry out 600 autopsies per year, up from about 300.
The project didn't expand the amount of space but reconfigured it. The facility has better ventilation for disease and odor control and viewing areas for students and law enforcement personnel outside the examination rooms.