Marilyn Liota, VNSNY’s longest-serving nurse, has announced her retirement, effective April 2. Marilyn first joined us in 1952 and has devoted her life to our 119-year mission of caring for all New Yorkers. At age 83, Marilyn remains a visionary leader, carrying out her pioneering role as Vice President, Acute Care, in our Queens region. In that capacity, Marilyn supervises 400+ nurses and other clinicians in providing home health care throughout our city’s most diverse borough. She has won many prestigious awards for her work. Colleagues call Marilyn a “living treasure” and beacon in community nursing: inspiring countless nurses to rise to their highest professional standards. Her lifelong philosophy: “Never lose sight of the patient.”
Kudos, Marilyn, on your many decades of devoted service to our patients and your colleagues!
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Marilyn has been beyond wonderful to work with at VNSNY. She has been a reliable supporter of my work with the Emergency Response System and the Telework Program, always willing to try something new, be the first out of the gate to test some new procedure or plan. Her boundless creativity and calm and measured presence and leadership will leave a huge void when she leaves. I wish her all the best in her new life and hope it is filled with joy and new adventures!
You will be missed terribly!
Is it really true?
You are a legend here Marilyn. A true visionary and an exemplary leader! You will be sorely missed!
Thank you for all those years of dedicated work. And many thanks for being a champion to the TimeBank (if you get bored, we could use help expanding to your neighborhood!!)
Happy trails….— Mashi Blech / March 9th, 2012 at 5:41 pm
Congratulations, Marilyn! You have often inspired and frequently challenged me with your dedication to our mission and your commitment to your VNSNY staff. Under your leadership in Queens for the past 25+ years that we have been working together has led to so many wonderful outcomes for both patients and people. Best of luck, and hope that your next venture brings us together again.
Sincerely, Marian Haas
Thank you for all your good advice,you always had time to speak with me, you will be missed. Best of Luck— Grace / March 10th, 2012 at 9:59 am
Wa — You are a role model.— Vicky Hung / March 10th, 2012 at 10:07 am
Best wishes! you are an inspiration and role model to everyone. Congratulations!— Susan G. Roque / March 11th, 2012 at 4:59 pm
Congratulations in all that you do. The journey continues. Thank You for the lessons you have taught myself and many others. You are a tough to follow!!!I carry a song in my heart for you!!! Love,Yvonne— Yvonne Michel Daniels / March 12th, 2012 at 8:01 am
Congratulations in all that you do. The journey continues. Thank You for the lessons you have taught myself and many others. You are a tough to follow!!!I carry a song in my heart for you!!! Love, Yvonne— Yvonne Michel Daniels / March 12th, 2012 at 8:03 am
Congratuations and Happy Retirement! Hope the next installment of your journey is filled with comfort and happiness. Many Blessings!— Olga Diaz / March 12th, 2012 at 8:08 am
Marilyn it has been a pleasure working with you for the past 21 years. You have always been supportve and understanding of the special needs of the MNP program and for that I thank you. Our nurses, patients and their families thank you. Wishing you much good health and happiness in retirement (although I am sure you will be busy!!) Enjoy all of your wonderful grandchildren and do all those things you love. Best always— Sandra McTernan / March 12th, 2012 at 8:48 am
You will be missed! Thank you for all that have done for VNSNY and good luck!— Manisha / March 12th, 2012 at 9:33 am
Congratulation!!! With all my respect to you, you are a role model every time that I see you in the hallway or in your office I tell myself I want to be like you when I get your age. Enjoy your retirement well deserved.
Though, we have not formally met, I do wish you a wonderful retirement, and admire the devotion to your profession you have demonstrated through you years of services at Visiting Nurses.
It is hard to imagine working here without you Mrs. Liota. Thank you for always believing in me and challenging me and helping me have confidence. Thank you for always helping me find a place where I would be happy and fulfilled. Thank you for remembering details that I had told you so many years before. You have been like a guardian angel to me. I cannot find the words to truly express my gratitude.
Phyllis Hiotakis— Phyllis Hiotakis / March 12th, 2012 at 2:57 pm
Marilyn, thank you for the inspiration and service. Almost every clinician and non-clinician that I got to work with in my tenure mentioned you as mentor and leader. You have touched so many lives for the positive. I wish you nothing but good health, great adventures, and the continuation of your legacy.
Only the best
Michael Marchand— Michael Marchand / March 12th, 2012 at 9:47 pm
Marilyn, all best wishes. It has been a true pleasure to work with you! You demonstrate the highest levels of collaboration and problem solving and help all of us to be better clinicians.
Thank you for all you have done – I will miss you.
Cheers to you,
Eileen Bach PT, M.Ed, DPT
Mrs. Liota, you have been a mentor and an inspiration to me. I am grateful for having the opportunity to work with you and learn from your example.Thank you for seeing the potential in me and giving me the opportunity and confidence to grow. Best wishes for peace, happiness and good health in this new phase in your life!
CONGRATULATIONS!! You will be missed!! It has been a pleasure working with you during my 13 years with VNS.God Bless!!
Thank you for being a role model & an inspiration to me and the interns! You will be missed!— Valerie Nero-Reid / March 27th, 2012 at 10:25 am
Thank you Marilyn for all that you have done for many thousands of vulnerable children and families. Through your early vision, passion and leadership you have touched many young lives. I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to know and learn from you. Best wishes for a healthy, happy and very exciting future.— Carol Odnoha / March 28th, 2012 at 12:39 pm
Congratulations and may you have an awesome retirement!!! It has been a pleasure knowing and working with you. Thank you for the opportunity and guidance through the years. You will always be in my thoughts and prayers. I will miss you. Enjoy!— Rose McNeal / March 28th, 2012 at 2:52 pm
Congratulations Mrs. Liota! Your guidance, clarity and thoughtfulness have been with me for more than twenty years. I wish you well.
Even though I left VNSNY in 2003, I have followed your many accolades in “Nursing Spectrum.” When I worked as an HIV/AIDS consultant in the Queens office, I found your example and support to be invaluable, especially in the dark days when fears of contagion were prevalent. Everyone who worked with you knew that quality patient care was your first priority. I wish you a fruitful, fulfilling and enjoyable retirement-if anyone deserves it, you do!— Joan Schmidt / April 9th, 2012 at 8:43 am
Congratulations and best wishes as you embark on another chapter in your life. You have been a mentor to so many of us and through your visionary and exemplary leadership; you have enriched the life of many. You are the “Lillian Wald” of our time. Thank you for sharing your life and many talents with us. I still have one of your quilted pieces!
Hi Marilyn – I am adding here the “Fare Forward”message from your retirement party…it says it all!
Marilyn, we know you chose to have this event right here in the Queens Office because it was important to you that all of us be here and feel included and welcome to take part in your celebration. We consider ourselves so fortunate to have known you and worked under your leadership and guidance — and to have been a part of the special and historic “Marilyn Liota” years at VNSNY!
Although we are here to celebrate …and we are truly happy for you… underneath it all, to be honest, there is a touch of sadness too, as we will miss you so much. Pieces of our hearts will be going with you, as we find a way to say goodbye. A line from poet T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets best captures our message to you, Marilyn: To the voyager embarking on a journey, we say not “farewell,” but “fare forward,” Marilyn, as we wish you all the best in your meaningful new endeavors. And as is so typical of a giving soul like yours, Marilyn, your next steps still involve giving generously of yourself to help others.
And here’s my closing thought: Nearly every morning for the past 10 years, I have been fortunate to have a chat with Marilyn at around 7 or 7:15 a.m., as we start the day. The office is quiet, and nearly every conversation has begun with Marilyn saying: “Tell me what is good.” From there, we have gone off in many directions. What a way to open a conversation, and what a way to start the day. What more can be said? Fare forward, Marilyn!
I don’t know if you still can read this. I waited this long as I still have to get use of you not being in Queens anymore. Although I left 2 years ago (I can’t believe it was that long)I always have it in my mind that you will always be in Queens whenever I visit.I thank you from the bottom of my heart.You always challenged me and had a huge impact of what I become today. You are a true visionary person and you motivated and encouraged us to do better.I am wishing you all the happiness and good health. Take care.— Mary M. Dionson / April 24th, 2012 at 8:37 am