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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (April 20, 2022) – The Lantern at Morning Pointe Alzheimer’s Center of Excellence, Chattanooga has named longtime Chattanooga native Michelle Sutter as executive director, where she will oversee daily operations at the Alzheimer’s memory care community located at 7620 Shallowford Road. Morning Pointe Senior Living, a Chattanooga, Tenn.-based healthcare services company, owns and manages 36 Morning Pointe assisted living, personal care and Alzheimer’s memory care communities in five southeastern states. Morning Pointe was founded in 1997 by Tennessee healthcare entrepreneurs Greg A. Vital and Franklin Farrow and is celebrating 25 years of service throughout 2022.

“Spending time every day with our residents is my greatest joy. They have so much to teach me about grace, gratitude and making the absolute most of every moment,” said Sutter. “I wake up grateful, humbled, and with a purpose to lead and show compassion to the beautiful people I work with every day, and I am determined to spread the impact of positivity and share a message of hope.”

Sutter assumes the executive director position at The Lantern after previously serving in senior living for three years as an executive director in Florida. She is CORE-certified with the American Health Care Association and is also a certified Pharmacy Technician in Tennessee. Prior business experience also includes human resources and executive management for more than 20 years, including owning a couple of small businesses in the Chattanooga area.

“We are thrilled to have Michelle join The Lantern at Morning Pointe of Chattanooga,” said Abby Medley, regional vice president of operations for the Appalachian Region at Morning Pointe. “It takes a unique set of skills to operate a memory care community, and Michelle brings an incredible amount of compassion and hope to those living with Alzheimer’s and dementia. With her experience, I have no doubt she will lead The Lantern toward a new era of excellence moving forward.”

Sutter is married to her husband, Paul, and together they have five adult children. When she isn’t working, she loves to spend her time traveling with her family to the beach, hiking and biking in the great outdoors, and gardening. She loves to listen to music and even has a large vinyl record collection!

The Lantern at Morning Pointe Alzheimer’s Center of Excellence, Chattanooga features two levels of Alzheimer’s care focused on Morning Pointe’s patented Meaningful Day™ purposeful programming that helps residents feel safe and secure. It includes a strong emphasis on clinical care with physical and occupational therapies, life enrichment and wellness offerings like the Teepa Snow Positive Approach to Care™ and Best Friends Approach™. Farm-to-Table fresh dining and intergenerational activities help residents live their best. For more information about Morning Pointe Senior Living, please visit www.morningpointe.com.