Exterior of the Ignite Medical Resort in Kansas City, MO.
The Ignite Medical Resort in Kansas City, MO. (Photo: Business Wire)

A skilled nursing facility operated by Ignite Medical Resorts is the first in the state of Oklahoma to receive accreditation by The Joint Commission.

The Adams Parc facility, located in Bartlesville, OK, is the fifth property in the boutique post-acute care facility operator’s portfolio to be Joint Commission-accredited, along with four in Illinois. A facility in Kansas City, MO, is currently going through the process as well, according to CEO Tim Fields.

Chicago-based Ignite joins a growing number of post-acute care operators seeking the added endorsement for their quality and compliance efforts. In the five years prior to 2021, the number of accredited nursing homes has climbed by approximately 70%.

The recognition “resonates well” with the company’s hospital partners, guests and families, Fields told the McKnight’s Business Daily. “Accreditation is the highest recognition you can have in our industry. State and federal survey compliance is based on minimal compliance, where Joint Commission accreditation is based on achievable optimums. This makes Adams Parc the best of the best,” he said.

Keeping up accreditation will help focus the facility’s team on risk management and risk reduction for the benefit of patients and families, Fields added.

Ignite works with an industry consultant, Achieve Accreditation, to prepare for the rigorous accreditation process, Fields noted. The work with The Joint Commission is collaborative as well, and “helped our team go to the next level on processes and procedures,” he told McKnight’s.

Across the industry, some organizations are depending on the accreditation process to help them manage issues around quality and infection control, with Medicaid value-based purchasing a rising incentive to do so. For others, it is an internal decision meant to drive corporate efficiency and quality efforts, The Joint Commission told McKnight’s Long-Term Care News in 2021.

For Ignite, which acquired the Adams Parc operation in January 2020, the efforts are in pursuit of the company’s core value of excellence, Fields said. Accreditation supports “superior health inspections, great care, outstanding therapy and remarkable customer service and hospitality,” he said.

“Guests and their families will have the comfort of knowing they are being cared for by a team who is willing to do what it takes to be the very best.”

The five-year-old company has expanded quickly. It opened at least three facilities during the pandemic and now operates 17 overall in Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Texas, including a new partnership with Thrive Personalized Medical Rehabilitation in Illinois. 

The company’s branded LuxeRehab model specializes in short-term rehabilitation and nursing care, including clinical specialty programs such as bedside dialysis and other enhanced services in what the operator describes as a five-star medical resort environment.