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Lantern Hill Hosts Inaugural Celebration and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

September 27, 2016

On Tuesday, September 20, Lantern Hill hosted an Inaugural Celebration and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to celebrate the opening of the distinctive Erickson Living continuing care retirement community in New Providence, New Jersey. 


Senator Tom Kean, Jr., local dignitaries, and more than 200 Lantern Hill residents, employees, and guests attended the celebration which included a ceremonial ribbon cutting, champagne toast, live music from Elefante Music, self-guided tours, and delicious hors d'oeuvres and specialty drinks from Lantern Hill's Signature Dining. 


"We are thrilled to celebrate the opening of Lantern Hill and to be bringing the exceptional Erickson Living lifestyle and care model to seniors in Union County," said Executive Director Patricia Swan.  "We look forward to being a valued member of the community in all that we do and faithfully delivering the highest standards in senior living and customer services."


"There are many factors that make Lantern Hill distinctive," said Swan. "While the beautiful buildings and facilities here are of great importance, we pride ourselves even more on recognizing that it's our level of professionalism and service to residents that will set us apart in the marketplace.  We look forward to that opportunity as we help to meet the growing demand for senior housing in New Jersey."


Boasting 20 acres of stunning green space and elegant, contemporary architecture, Lantern Hill's independent living community provides a vibrant lifestyle to seniors with abundant amenities and a broad spectrum of activities and services, complemented with integrated healthcare and wellness. Amenities include three on-site restaurants, all-season pool, Art Studio, Library, fitness center, transportation, 24-hour concierge services, secure underground parking, a theater, and on-site medical center operated by Summit Medical Group.


Lantern Hill has hired 90 employees to work on campus in various departments including facilities, human resources, housekeeping, administration, security, transportation, fitness, resident services, and hospitality. In the next few months, approximately 100 additional jobs will be posted for positions in dining services, continuing care and nursing.


Residents moved into the 161 independent living apartments this summer. Early next year, 85 continuing care residences will open. In the next few years, the community will add 114 more independent living apartment homes, for a total of 275.


Erickson Living is the largest provider of Senior Housing in New Jersey with three communities—Lantern Hill, Cedar Crest in Morris County, and Seabrook in Monmouth County.


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Photo caption: Lantern Hill, Erickson Living's continuing care retirement community in New Providence, New Jersey, hosted an inaugural celebration and ribbon cutting on September 20, in recognition of its official opening. From left, New Providence Administrator Doug Marvin, New Providence Councilman Robert Munoz, Borough Council President Michael Gennaro, Senator Tom Kean, Jr., Lantern Hill resident Mildred Eichhorn, Lantern Hill Executive Director Patricia Swan, CEO of Erickson Living Alan Butler, COO of Erickson Living Debra Doyle, CEO of Summit Medical Group  Jeffrey Le Benger, MD, and Chairman of Suburban Chamber of Commerce Mike Shapiro (Photo credit: Bill Marvin)