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General powers and duties of superintendent
General Municipal (GMU) CHAPTER 24, ARTICLE 6
§ 129. General powers and duties of superintendent. The
superintendent shall be the chief executive officer of the hospital and,
subject to the by-laws, rules and regulations thereof, and to the
general control of the board of managers, shall:

1. Equip the hospital with all necessary furniture, appliances,
fixtures and other needed facilities for the care and treatment of
patients and for the use of officers and employees thereof, and purchase
all necessary supplies, unless the board of managers shall designate the
purchasing agent of a municipality as the purchasing agent of said board
as provided in subdivision five of section one hundred twenty-eight.

2. Have general supervision and control of the records, accounts, and
buildings of the hospital and all internal affairs, and maintain
discipline therein, and enforce compliance with, and obedience to, all
rules, by-laws, and regulations adopted by the board of managers for the
government, discipline and management of said hospital, and the
employees and inmates thereof. He shall make and enforce such further
rules, regulations and orders as he may deem necessary, not inconsistent
with law, or with the rules, regulations and directions of the board of

3. Appoint such employees as he may think proper and necessary for
the efficient performance of the business of the hospital, and prescribe
their duties; and discharge any such employee pursuant to the provisions
of the civil service law.

4. Cause proper accounts and records of the business and operations
of the hospital to be kept regularly from day to day, in books and on
forms provided for that purpose; and see that such accounts and records
are correctly made up for the annual report to the governing board, as
required by subdivision seven of section one hundred and twenty-eight of
this chapter, and present the same to the board of managers, who shall
incorporate them in their annual report to the said governing board.

5. Receive into the hospital, under the rules established by the
board of managers, any person in the county, town, city or village who
is sick or maimed or injured and who is in need of hospital care,
irrespective of whether such person is able to pay for his care or not;
and may also receive persons from without the county, town, city or
village, provided there is a vacancy in the hospital, and provided the
reception of such person does not interfere with the proper care and
treatment of persons received from the county, town, city or village.

6. Cause to be kept proper records of the admission of all patients,
their name, age, sex, color, marital condition, residence, occupation,
place of last employment and the names and addresses of their nearest
relatives or friends. He shall also cause a careful examination to be
made of the physical condition of all persons admitted to the hospital;
and shall cause a record to be kept of the condition of each patient
when admitted, and from time to time thereafter.

7. Discharge from said hospital any patient who is found to have
recovered from his illness sufficiently to be no longer in need of
hospital care, or who shall wilfully or habitually violate the rules
thereof, or who for any other reason is no longer a suitable patient for
treatment therein; and shall make a full report thereof at the next
meeting of the board of managers.

8. Collect and receive all money due the hospital, keep an accurate
account of the same, report the same at the ensuing monthly meeting of
the board of managers, and transmit the same within ten days after such
meeting to the treasurer of the county, town, city or village by which
the hospital is maintained. When a treasurer has been appointed as
herein provided, all moneys collected and received by the superintendent
shall be transmitted to the treasurer who shall deposit the same in a
bank or banks in the name of the hospital and he shall also at least
once in each month transmit to the governing board an itemized statement

9. Give a bond before entering upon the discharge of his duties, in
such sum as the board of managers may determine, to secure the faithful
performance of such duties.

10. Notwithstanding any provisions of law, rule or regulation to the
contrary, the board of managers of the hospital may authorize the
superintendents of said hospital to establish a system for the billing
of patients for the care, maintenance or treatment received or furnished
to patients in such facility. Payment of such charges by means of a
credit card may be authorized pursuant to section five of this chapter.