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Forensic Pathology facility to be located at WMU's new Medical School


KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- It’s not the kind of job producing industry that the Chamber of Commerce brags about but Kalamazoo could soon become a hub for forensic pathology, thanks to WMU’s new medical school.

Most dead bodies connected with crimes or suspicious deaths end up on the table at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing.

That’s where Dr. Joyce DeJong is the Director of Pathology. She has just been hired at the Homer Stryker School of Medicine to set up shop in brand new Pathology Dept. there.

Medical School Dean Hal Jensen says the students will benefit, local counties will benefit and local police and health Departments will benefit.

Dr. DeJong will have a staff and pathology will become part of the college curriculum. This week, the Kalamazoo County Board renewed her contract as the County Medical Examiner, and she intends to seek similar contracts from neighboring counties.

It’s not “C.S.I. Kalamazoo” but they will be solving medical mysteries.