53-20-504. Powers and duties of department of public health and human services. The department of public health and human services:
(1) may operate or contract with a nonprofit corporation that demonstrates expertise in and the capability of providing programs for the patient population to be served by the facility and for the operation and management of nursing homes;
(2) shall ensure that any state-owned nursing homes are in compliance with federal and state regulations;
(3) shall adopt rules for staffing requirements and the admission of patients;
(4) may accept grants, gifts, bequests, and contributions in money or property or any other form from individuals, corporations, associations, or federal, state, and local government agencies for the purposes of establishing and operating nursing homes.