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On the horizon at Lantern Hill

New community to build partnerships within the surrounding community

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April 23rd, 2014
Lantern Hill Executive Director Patricia Swan hasn’t always been in the senior housing industry. She began her career as a sales professional after graduating from the College of William and Mary with a degree in learning and memory. After nearly 20 years
Lantern Hill Executive Director Patricia Swan

When Patricia Swan envisions Lantern Hill as a completed community, she doesn’t just see the buildings, services, and amenities, she sees a partnership with the local New Providence, N.J., community. 

“I would like local people to share their gifts with our community and vice versa,” says Swan, executive director of the soon-to-be built Erickson Living community. 

Swan says she envisions Lantern Hill as not just a distinctive retirement community, but as a source of education, a resource, and a meeting place for the greater community. For example, local book clubs, performing arts, or continuing education classes could be held at Lantern Hill.

“We are going to have such an amazing community, both in physical structure and in people, that I want to share that with greater New Providence,” Swan says.

Real advantages

As the first employee of Lantern Hill, Swan acts not only as executive director but also as sales director. She will be the first point of contact for people interested in the community, slated to open in fall 2015. 

Cut out for the job, Swan most recently held the associate executive director position at Highland Springs, the Erickson Living community in Dallas, Tex. Previously, she worked for Kisco Senior Living for 12 years, first as sales and marketing director, and before that, as executive director.

Under her leadership, the Kisco community she managed, in Virginia Beach, Va., won many awards for teamwork, sales excellence, and innovation. She hopes to bring that same success to Lantern Hill.

“I’m really looking forward to being at Lantern Hill from the very beginning,” she says. “The first residents really set the tone for what the community is going to be, and I will be there for that—to help guide them in creating a wonderful community. That’s a real advantage not just for me, but for all residents—now and in the future.”


The priority list started taking members when the sales center opened. The priority list comprises people who plan to move to an Erickson Living community. All it takes to join is a fully refundable $1,000 deposit and a $150-per-person nonrefundable application fee. 

When prospective residents submit their deposit, that date is noted as their priority list date. Once the community opens, the sales team gives first right of refusal to priority list members based on their joining date. 

“So even if you’re not ready to move when the community opens, you’ll be in line for the apartment home of your choice when you are ready,” Swan says. Lantern Hill will offer a variety of floor plans.

Swan expects to start taking reservations for specific apartment homes from priority list members this summer. 

Those interested in meeting with Swan to learn more about life at Lantern Hill can visit with her in the recently opened sales center at 603 Mountain Ave., New Providence, N.J. 07974. The comfortable, state-of-the-art center will also include iPads for viewing floor plans, renderings of the future community, and a Lantern Hill video.