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The COVE Sexual Assault Nurse Examination (SANE) Program is supported in part by the Community Foundation of Mason County ( and the Daisy Marsh Reek Fund.


Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners Unit
On January 16, 2017 under the direction of Dr. Michelle Kuster and Tracy Moody, COVE opened the doors to its SANE Unit. COVE has nurses on call 24/7 to service the victims of sexual assault.
What is a SANE Nurse?

COVE Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) are registered nurses who have completed specialized education and clinical preparation in the medical forensic care of the patient who has experienced sexual assault or abuse.

One component of the streamlined care COVE SANE can offer is the comprehensive medical forensic examination. This exam at it’s broadest is composed of the medical forensic history, a detailed physical and emotional assessment, written/electronic and photographic documentation, collection and management of forensic samples, and providing emotional and social support and resources. The SANE also testifies in any legal proceed-ings related to the examination and ensures the proper chain of custody and integrity of the samples is maintained so that the evidence will be admissible in court.

The COVE Nurse examiners will work alongside a COVE Sexual Assault Crisis Advocate and with other disciplines in the community. These may include: law enforcement, crime lab personnel, child protective services, prosecutors and attorneys. These professionals are also striving to assure that the response to a patient who has been sexually assaulted is victim-centered and compassionate, resulting in a successful criminal justice response.
COVE SANE services are easily accessed by calling COVE’s 24/7 help line (800) 950-5808. All services are free, confidential and available to anyone.

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Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program

Dr. Michelle Kuster
Medical Director 

Tracy Moody, RN,
Program Manager

906 E. Ludington Ave., Ludington, MI 49431
Office 231-843-2541
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