Newswise — Neptune, NJ – April 21, 2015 – Jersey Shore University Medical Center and the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Neptune Housing Authority (TNHA) hosted a grand opening celebration for the new Neptune Senior Apartments, officially dedicated as the “Almerth M. Battle Homes,” on Monday, April 20 at the William H. Small Community Center in Neptune. Pat Battle, NBC Co-Anchor Weekend Today in New York/NBC 4’s New Jersey Senior Correspondent, dedicated the apartments in honor of her mother Almerth “Alma” Battle, who lived in Neptune for 50 years and served as a deputy mayor and police commissioner.

The apartment complex, which welcomed residents this past March, is comprised of 50 new senior housing units built on two diagonal parcels of land, situated on Neptune Boulevard and Taylor Avenue. The $13 million development, funded by Jersey Shore, reflects a unique collaboration between Neptune Township and Jersey Shore, part of the Meridian Health family. It provides residents with new, modern apartments, and enables the hospital to expand its medical facilities and services on Davis Avenue.

“This was a great day for Neptune due to the extraordinary partnership forged between the Township of Neptune Housing Authority and Jersey Shore University Medical Center. The completion of our new senior housing complex, named after the late Almerth M. Battle, marks the beginning of a new era in public housing in Neptune Township. The modernized apartments complete with clubhouse, kitchenette and laundry facilities will serve our senior residents for many years to come,” says Beverly J. Holland, Chairwoman, TNHA.

Working closely with TNHA and the community for more than ten years, Meridian Health assembled a project team with expertise in matters related to the HUD approval process, senior housing and community planning. TNHA and Meridian contracted PRC Group – a local industry leader in property development – to construct the new units.

The project enables Jersey Shore to expand its health care facilities on Davis Avenue and develop a new diagnostic and treatment building, clinical academic center for physicians and faculty, support space for the regional medical school campus, additional outpatient service areas, and a dedicated Meridian Cancer Care center. Additional parking for patients, guests and team members will also be available.

“The Almerth M. Battle Homes – the first senior apartments constructed in four decades – represents a new era in Neptune Public Housing, and sets the standard for our vision for the future. The state-of-the-art dwellings are equipped with luxury amenities, including 9 foot ceilings, modern kitchens, and handicap accessible bathrooms. We look forward to a continued successful working relationship with our partner in this effort, Meridian Health, and also knowing that our senior residents are enjoying their new accommodations,” comments Bart Cook, Esq., Executive Director, TNHA.

“Jersey Shore and the Township of Neptune Housing Authority have worked together for more than a decade to build modern, comfortable and accessible apartments for Neptune’s seniors, and I’m happy to say it was worth the wait. We’re proud of both the new Almerth M. Battle Homes, and our continued collaboration with Neptune to provide for the seniors and expand health care services for the community. This project is a win-win for everyone involved,” says Steven G. Littleson, FACHE, Executive Vice President of Meridian Health.

About Neptune Township:Neptune Township is historically known as the “Crossroads of the Jersey Shore”, thanks to its easy access from over a half dozen state highways and nearby bus and train stations. Neptune Township is proud of its diversity of neighborhoods, its traditional American spirit and its recreational abundance. With more than a half mile of beautiful beach, Ocean Grove is one of the few non-commercial beaches at the Jersey Shore. The Shark River provides abundant boating opportunities with easy access to the ocean. The Township has abundant open space, including a Monmouth County Park System golf course and Jumping Brook Country Club. From county parks, to sandy beaches, from national historic sites and homes to fantastic shopping and vacation destinations, the communities of Neptune Township, nestled in eight square miles of east coast central Monmouth County, offer everything you need to live, work, play and grow.

About PRC Group:Headquartered in Long Branch, The PRC Group is an industry leader in providing total-scope construction capabilities for all types of buildings, including commercial office buildings, retail centers, hospitality facilities, industrial complexes and residential communities ranging from condominiums to estate home enclaves. They have extensive experience locally and nationally in fulfilling projects ranging from specialized tenant build-outs to complete turn-key construction projects.

About Jersey Shore University Medical Center:Jersey Shore University Medical Center, a member of the Meridian Health family, is a not-for-profit teaching hospital and home to K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital – the first children’s hospital in Monmouth and Ocean counties. Jersey Shore is the regional provider of cardiac surgery, a program which has been ranked among the best in the Northeast, and is home to the only trauma center and stroke rescue center in the region. Through the hospital’s clinical research program, and its affiliation with Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Jersey Shore serves as an academic center dedicated to advancing medical knowledge, training future physicians and providing the community with access to promising medical breakthroughs. For more information about Jersey Shore University Medical Center call 1-800-DOCTORS, or visit