NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Spring Grove Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center in New Providence welcomed the community to a barbecue on Wednesday, August 21 to celebrate National Senior Citizens Day.

In 1988, President Ronald Regan declared August 21 to be National Senior Citizens Day. The day is meant to increase public recognition of seniors’ wisdom, accomplishments and contributions. 

The seniors and their families enjoyed a full barbecue buffet that included grilled chicken, steak, fresh salads, corn on the cob and much more by Jason, Director of Culinary Services, and his staff. Even the Good Humor truck was on site handing out favorites like the chipwich, strawberry shortcake, and ice cream sundaes, to name a few of the treats.

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The over 60 guests enjoyed their barbecue under a tent which protected them from the passing shower and the steamy heat that followed. HomeWell Senior Care coordinated the pianist performing iconic hits like Helen Reddy's "Delta Dawn" and Dean Martin's "That's Amore." 

Erin Studt, Hospital and Community Liaison at Spring Grove, thanked everyone for coming out in celebration of National Senior Citizens Day. She told the guests that Spring Grove Rehabilitation & Healthcare was renamed when Marquis Health Services acquired the 106 bed facility last September from ManorCare Health Services. They soon after launched a $4 million project to upgrade the facility.

"We are in the trenches of a $4 million renovation -- we are making phenomenal progress," said Studt. The short term care units are in the finishing stages -- "we are upgrading the long-term care rooms, as well," she said.  

The renovations and improvements at Spring Grove include the addition of a new rehab gym with state-of-the-art equipment, and a complete overhaul and update of patient rooms, common areas and hallways to create a modern, home-like environment for their patients and staff.

Studt, who has been with Marquis Health Services since 2015, is proud of the facility's progress. "As the reputation grows and our renovation continues -- our occupancy is phenomenal," said Studt. "I love the organization and seeing the growth. -- Our occupancy is consistently maintaining over 100. We are so proud of that," she said.

She also said, several staff members have stayed on, which is a testament to the culture here. "A lot of patients come back, should they need us, because of our staff -- they make an impact here."

Spring Grove Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center provides post-hospital care, short-term rehab and long-term residential care, and maintains a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Located at 144 Gales Drive in New Providence.