Founders & Heritage of Lantis Enterprises
Will Lantis, the
founder of Lantis Enterprises, was a modern day pioneer - veteran, rancher,
politician, family man, and businessman. Through his experiences as a chemical
and maintenance supply salesman for senior living organizations, Will came to
believe that the elderly were not receiving quality care. He believed they
deserved to be treated with respect, dignity and kindness, and that one way to
do that was by providing them a home away from home.
In 1972, Will and Mary
Ellen Lantis purchased their first long-term care facility in
founding Lantis Enterprises, a tax paying entity. After that, they started
purchasing troubled facilities throughout Nebraska,
and eventually throughout the Midwest. Will and
Mary Ellen completely rebuilt their structures, management, residential care,
and reputations from the ground up.
After 25 years of
living in Kearney, Nebraska, Will and Mary
Ellen's love for South Dakota’s Black Hills prompted them to move the corporate headquarters to
Spearfish. The office opened with 3 employees, all based out of the basement of
the Lantis’ cabin. Through years of hard work and dedication, our growth has
outpaced our space, as we marked our 10th Year Anniversary in Spearfish by
doubling our office space on Colorado Boulevard.
Corporate Office houses the support services for 21 long term care centers, 6
Alzheimer's Units, 14 personal care/assisted living centers, and 5 home health
agencies. We provide research, development and management expertise through our
accounting, finance, operations, human resources, home health, medical nursing,
marketing, and rehabilitation departments. Our local office employs over 40
full-time professionals with almost 2000 staff members in the field.
Family has always been
important to Will & Mary Ellen. The employees are an extension of their family,
as are the residents and the communities in which they live. Will & Mary Ellen
committed themselves to creating a place of healing and professional growth in a
high-tech sophisticated health care network.
In August 2006 Will
Lantis was taken from us suddenly in a one-car automobile accident. Mary Ellen
and the rest of the "Lantis family" will continue the legacy in the spirit of
our beginnings. Mrs. Lantis, who previously had focused mainly on maintaining
the “at-home” feel of the facilities, has since assumed the primary leadership
As a tribute to Will,
our co-founder, we will continue to service our community with a new theme
"Western Hospitality with a Smile".