(Mission, TX) Mission Regional Medical Center Center officially opened
the doors of the new Sexual Assault Forensic Unit on Tuesday, December
15th. The S.A.F.E. Place is a Forensic Unit dedicated to serving victims
of sexual assault, physical violence, abuse and neglect.
The Forensic Unit is staffed by a certified Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner
trained to collect forensic evidence that may be submitted for expert
analysis and used in the prosecution of alleged perpetrators.
“The S.A.F.E. Place is the first and only unit of its kind in Hidalgo
County,” states Evonne Lopez, RN, CA/CP, SANE. “Adult and
pediatric victims of assault and abuse may come in on their own, or be
referred by a physician or a local organization such as Mujeres Unidas.
In fact, anyone who has been a victim can access our services through
the Emergency Department, any time, day or night, with or without the
prior involvement of law enforcement.”
Construction of the Forensic Unit was made possible through generous financial
gifts from Rio Grande Valley Harley–Davidson, Valley Nuclear, Inc.,
and the Mission Regional Health Professionals Association. In addition,
funds donated by the City of Mission and the Mission Police Department
enabled the hospital to equip the unit with a state-of-the-art Secure
Digital Forensic Imaging (SDFI) Camera.