New Jersey Revised Statutes § 30:9-14 - Board Of Managers

30:9-14. Board of managers
a. The governing body of any municipality establishing and maintaining a hospital or hospitals under authority of section 30:9-13 of this Title shall have power to appoint a board to manage and operate its hospitals established pursuant to section 30:9-13 of this Title. The board shall consist of 12 persons, 10 of whom shall be citizens and residents of the municipality, who shall serve without compensation; 3 of whom shall be appointed for a term of 2 years, 3 of whom shall be appointed for a term of 3 years, and 4 of whom shall be appointed for a term of 4 years. Thereafter, all appointments shall be made for terms of 4 years. All appointed members shall serve after the expiration of their terms until their respective successors are appointed and shall qualify, and any vacancy occurring in the appointed members of the board, due to expiration of term or otherwise, shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment, for the unexpired term only, notwithstanding that the previous incumbent may have held over and continued in office as aforesaid. The board members may be reimbursed for actual expenses incurred in the performance of their official duties. The chief executive of the municipality and the officer having charge of its finances shall be ex officio members of the board.

b. At its organization meeting the board shall annually elect a chairman, a vice-chairman, a secretary and a treasurer, who shall hold office until February 1 next ensuing, and until their respective successors have been elected and qualify. The treasurer may be an ex officio member of the board. The treasurer shall file a bond of indemnity with the board in an amount sufficient to cover the moneys from time to time under his custody and control. Such moneys shall be deposited to the account of the hospital in a separate bank account or accounts.

c. The board or its members shall incur no expense or obligation in excess of the amount appropriated by the governing body for expenditure by them and of hospital funds subject to their disposition. Moneys borrowed under subsection f. for the purposes of the board under subsection e. shall be deemed hospital funds for the purposes of this subsection.

d. The governing body may remove a member for cause after public hearing, which removal shall be in accordance with the civil service and tenure of office laws in municipalities operating under such laws. Such removal shall be reviewable in the Superior Court by a proceeding in lieu of prerogative writ.

e. The board shall have the following powers:

(1) To exercise full and exclusive control over the hospital or hospitals owned by the municipality, but subject to State health and licensing laws;

(2) To have a common seal and to alter the same in its discretion;

(3) To sue and be sued as a public body, politic and corporate;

(4) To enter into any and all contracts, execute any and all instruments and do and perform any and all acts or things necessary, convenient or desirable for the purposes of the hospital, or to carry out any powers expressly granted in this section;

(5) To do and perform any acts and things authorized by this act, through or by means of its own officers, agents and employees, or by contracts with any persons;

(6) To make and enforce by-laws or rules and regulations for the business and affairs of the hospital and for the use, maintenance and operation of the hospital;

(7) To fix the salaries of all employees and to create and establish such positions as may be necessary for the efficient operation of the hospital, and except as otherwise provided by section 30:9-13 of this Title and applicable law. All salaries shall be fixed as nearly as practicable in accordance with the schedule, if any, of the municipality for corresponding positions. Receipts and revenues of the hospital shall be retained and applied by the board for the purposes of the hospital. Prior to November 15 of each year, the board shall certify to the governing body any additional sums that may be necessary for the proper conduct of its work during the ensuing fiscal year, which shall include the following items:

(a) Payment of wages and salaries of employees;

(b) Purchase of materials and supplies;

(c) Purchase of necessary equipment and services.

f. The governing body shall annually appropriate such sums as it may deem necessary for said purposes within the amounts available therefor in accordance with applicable law. The board shall have the power to borrow money for any of its purposes.

g. (1) Notwithstanding any thing to the contrary in any of the statutes or any provisions thereof, whenever the Commissioner of the Department of Health makes a determination pursuant to subsection a.(6) of section 5 of P.L.1977, c. 289 (C. 30:9-12:33), the Governor shall reconstitute the board of managers of the hospital by the appointment, with the advice and consent of the Senate; provided, however, that if no action has been taken within 45 days after the nominations for appointment have been submitted to the Senate, the nominations shall be deemed confirmed, of a board consisting of not less than five nor more than nine members, who shall receive reasonable compensation, as set by the Governor, and reimbursement of their expenses and who shall be appointed for terms not to exceed 5 years. The appointments of the reconstituted board shall be effective as of July 1, 1981. The existing board members shall continue to serve until the reconstituted board is appointed.

(2) The reconstituted board shall have all the powers enumerated in subsection e. of this section and shall have power to appoint, retain and employ attorneys, with the approval of the Governor and the Attorney General.

(3) Notwithstanding the provisions of Title 11 (Civil Service) or any other Title of the Revised Statutes, the board may appoint, remove, promote and transfer employees in the following positions, which shall be in the unclassified service: executive director, associate executive director, assistant executive director.

(4) In addition, the board shall be responsible for conducting a study of the management, finances and governance structure of the hospital and of the most feasible means of restoring the hospital to an efficient and financially solvent operation. The recommendations of the reconstituted board concerning the future governance of the hospital and the borrowing of money, sale of property and investment of assets for the current or future management and operation of the hospital, including the reestablishment of the original board of managers, if the hospital no longer meets the condition described in subsection a.(6) of section 5 of P.L.1977, c. 289 (C. 30:9-12.33), shall be submitted to the governing body and the Governor. The governing body shall take all necessary and proper action to effectuate such recommendations.

(5) Prior to November 15 of each year, the board shall certify to the governing body any additional sums that may be necessary for the proper conduct of its work during the ensuing fiscal year. The governing body shall appropriate such sums as the board has certified to be necessary within the amounts available in accordance with applicable law.

(6) Upon the appointment of the reconstituted board, no action or proceeding in the nature of an attachment, garnishment or execution shall be commenced or maintained in the courts of this State against the hospital or its assets for a period of 1 year from the date of appointment of the board by the Governor.

Amended by L.1953, c. 29, p. 539, s. 59; L.1971, c. 268, s. 1, eff. July 21, 1971; L.1981, c. 26, s. 4, eff. Feb. 9, 1981; L.1983, c. 62, s. 1, eff. Feb. 8, 1983.

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