We’re in the process of reviewing our Medical Staff Bylaws, so we need to get the Bylaws Committee up and running. The Bylaws state that the Bylaws Committee will be chaired by the Vice President of the Medical Staff, but the Vice President resigned a few months ago. Should the President of the Medical Staff just appoint another Bylaws Committee chair? Or should it be the MEC that appoints the chair? Or should the Bylaws Committee just vote on a new chair?
OUR ANSWER FROM HORTYSPRINGER ATTORNEY NICHOLAS CALABRESE:
The Medical Staff Bylaws should have the answer. In the article in the Bylaws that deals with officers, their eligibility criteria, duties and election, there should be a section regarding what happens when there are vacancies. Vacancies can be filled based on what works best for a particular hospital. Usually, if there is a vacancy in the office of President of the Medical Staff, the Vice President is elevated to that role. If there is a vacancy in the office of Vice President, Secretary or Treasurer, the Medical Executive Committee will usually appoint an individual to fill the office for the remainder of the term or until a special election can be held, whichever is decided by the Medical Executive Committee. In this case, let’s assume that the MEC appoints the individual, in which case, the VP can take the reins of the Bylaws Committee.