N.Y. County Law Section 388

  • general powers and duties

The superintendent shall be the chief executive officer of the hospital and subject to the by-laws, rules and regulations thereof, and to the powers of the board of managers:


Shall 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 shall in counties where there is no purchasing agent purchase all necessary supplies.


Shall 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 patients thereof. He shall make 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 managers.


Shall appoint such resident officers and such employees as are authorized by the board of supervisors for the efficient performance of the business of the hospital, and prescribe their duties; and for cause stated in writing, after an opportunity to be heard, discharge any such officer or employee at his discretion.


Shall cause proper accounts and records of the business and operation of the hospital to be kept regularly from day to day, in books and on records provided for that purpose; and see that such accounts and records are correctly made up for the annual report to the board of supervisors, as required by § 387 (Board of managers)section three hundred eighty-seven of this article, and present the same to the board of managers, who shall incorporate them in their report to the said supervisors.


Shall receive into the hospital in the order of application, any person found to be suffering from tuberculosis in any form who is entitled to admission thereto under the provisions of this article, excepting that if at any time there be more applications for admission to said hospital than there are vacant beds therein, said superintendent shall give preference in the admission of patients to those who in his judgment, after an inquiry as to the facts and circumstances, are more likely to infect members of their households and others, in each instance signing and placing among the permanent records of the hospital a statement of the facts and circumstances upon which he bases his judgment as to the likelihood of transmitting infection, and reporting each instance at the next meeting of the board of managers; and shall also receive persons from other counties as hereinafter provided. Said superintendent shall cause to be kept proper accounts and records of the admission of all patients, their name, age, sex, color, marital condition, residence, occupation and place of last employment.


Shall cause a careful examination to be made of the physical condition of all persons admitted to the hospital and provide for the treatment of each such patient according to his need; and shall cause a record to be kept of the condition of each patient when admitted, and from time to time thereafter.


Shall discharge from said hospital any patient who shall wilfully or habitually violate the rules thereof; or who is found not to have tuberculosis; or who is found to have recovered therefrom; 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.


Shall collect and receive all moneys due the hospital, keep an accurate account of the same, report the same at the monthly meeting of the board of managers, and transmit the same to the treasurer of the county monthly on or before the tenth day of the month.


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


May attend such courses in the diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis and in hospital administration at a state tuberculosis hospital as may be established and which he may be authorized to attend by the board of managers of his hospital. Subject to appropriation being made therefor, the necessary expenses in traveling to and from such state tuberculosis hospital for the purpose of taking such courses shall be a county charge.

Source: Section 388 — Superintendent; general powers and duties, https://www.­nysenate.­gov/legislation/laws/CNT/388 (updated Sep. 22, 2014; accessed Nov. 25, 2023).

Nov. 25, 2023

Last modified:
Sep. 22, 2014

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