The Newsroom • Published Thursday, Jul. 20, 2006, 2:21 PM
County renews morgue contract with UTMB
Galveston County Daily News (Internet / Print) 07/20/06 County commissioners voted unanimously Wednesday to renew the annual contract for the University of Texas Medical Branch to run the medical examiner's office. The office investigates deaths within Galveston County and also contracts to conduct autopsies in Fort Bend, Matagorda, and Brazoria counties. Income from those out-of-county contracts meant that Galveston County this year got back about $59,000 of its cost to keep the office running. Chief Medical Examiner Stephen Pustilnik also said the office's income made it self-sufficient, meaning it was unlikely to be affected by workforce cuts the university recently announced. "Our revenues help to offset the cost of running the office, so we are not a drain on university revenues," Pustilnik said. Last month, the hospital system announced it would cut about 8 percent of its paid positions to reduce expenses. The medical branch began running of the medical examiner's office in 1999.