(a) The purpose of this chapter is to provide for the incorporation of medical clinic boards as public agencies and instrumentalities of the State of Alabama to promote the acquisition of health facilities in order to promote the public health of the people of Alabama and also to promote the acquisition of certain other facilities for the housing and care of elderly persons.
(b) Whenever any number of natural persons, not less than three, shall file with the governing body of any county or municipality in this state an application in writing for authority to incorporate a public corporation as a medical clinic board for the purpose of acquiring, owning, leasing, and disposing of one or more medical clinics and clinical facilities and it shall be made to appear to the governing body that each of the persons is a duly qualified elector of and owner of property in the municipality, or in the county in areas outside of municipalities located in the county, the governing body shall consider the application. If the governing body approves the application, it shall adopt a resolution, which shall be duly entered upon the minutes of the governing body declaring that it is wise, expedient, and necessary that such a corporation be formed and that the persons filing the application shall be authorized to form the corporation. Upon the adoption of the resolution, the persons who filed the application shall proceed to organize the corporation by executing and filing for record in the office of the judge of probate of the county, or in the office of the judge of probate of one or more of the counties in which any municipality is located a certificate of incorporation as provided in this chapter.
(c) The granting of authority for the incorporation of one medical clinic board shall not preclude the granting of authority by the governing body of any municipality or county for the incorporation of other medical clinic boards. Other medical clinic boards seeking incorporation shall be required to adopt a name or designation sufficient to distinguish them from any existing medical clinic board.