Nathan Littauer Reveals Major Art Installation

Nathan Littauer Reveals Major Art Installation

A Mosaic Waterfall was unveiled on Aug. 29 at Nathan Littauer Hospital & Nursing Home’s Reflection Garden. From left: Sue McNeil, Director of Volunteer Services, and artists: Tammy Merendo, Linda Biggers, and Susan Ruscitto.

Gloversville, NY – Nathan Littauer Hospital & Nursing Home revealed their waterfall mosaic art in the Reflection Garden Thursday, August 29. The mural is a staggering 12 feet high and has a width of almost 9 feet.

“I wanted to thank everyone for making this possible,” says Laurence Kelly, President and CEO of Littauer. “We are grateful for: Glen Henry with Greenscapes Landscaping, Tim Insogna with Full Masonry Services, the Engineering Department, Environmental Services, as well as Nutritional Services. We should all be very proud of Joseph Rossi, who made the donation to fund the mural, Norma Cozzolino, President of the Auxiliary, Sue McNeil, Director of Volunteer Services, the Auxiliary members, and all volunteers. We would also like to especially thank the artists: Tammy Merendo, Linda Biggers, and Susan Ruscitto. We have many members and staff who have worked tirelessly to make this possible. They are very dedicated to what they do and this mural is a reflection of that.”

Sue McNeil had given a heart-warming speech at the event: “For our hospital, it’s more than just healing physically. We also heal mentally and spiritually. This artwork represents our spirituality and humanity because a lot of love went into this mural and its making.” She states, “We also understand the demands practitioners and staff go through on a daily basis. So, we also wanted to create a space worthy of them. I think we succeeded.”

To make the creation and installation more manageable, the mural was divided into six sections. The mural is comprised of pieces of stained glass, agate, and clay. The making of the mural had taken place inside Tammy Merendo, R.N.’s art studio in Amsterdam. Hundreds of hours were invested in the mural’s creation.

Artist Tammy Merendo speaks during the unveiling of a Mosaic Waterfall Aug. 29 at Nathan Littauer Hospital & Nursing Home’s Reflection Garden.

“Every time you look at the mural, you see something different,” says Tammy. “Everything you see in the mural has a purpose and a story to tell. Some of the Tiffany glass, which was lovingly found and scrubbed clean, was from the razed Second Presbyterian Church in Amsterdam. The flowers throughout the piece were from made from a barrette that belonged to Sammy, Sue McNeil’s granddaughter, who had unfortunately passed. The barrette was made into a mold to make flowers for the mural. Homemade stamps from the late Laurie Priest, who had passed away, were used to create some of the leaves in the mosaic. Both were used to represent loved ones who are no longer with us. The memories of those passed will continue to live-on through this installation.”

“The transformation of the Reflection Garden alone is something to consider as well. It’s a beautiful space for patients, visitors, and staff to visit and enjoy,” says Mr. Kelly. “It is not just for employees of Nathan Littauer Hospital. It is a space that is dedicated to everyone and is welcomed to be used by all.”

The waterfall mosaic mural is located in the Reflection Garden. The Garden is on the first floor between the hospital and the Primary Care Center. Patients who are staying at the hospital can ask staff to bring them to see the mural. The public is encouraged to come and visit from the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Any staff member or the information desk can provide directions to the Reflection Garden.



About Nathan Littauer

Nathan Littauer Hospital and Nursing Home is a full-service, 74 bed acute care hospital with an 84 bed skilled nursing home. Since 1894, Nathan Littauer has provided safe, high-quality health and wellness services with a focus on securing appropriate new technologies for people residing in Upstate New York. Over the years, the hospital has expanded its services in order to offer health care that is comprehensive, accessible, and relevant to the needs of the communities they serve. More information can be found by visiting

Sharing some warmth

GLOVERSVILLE – For the fifth year in a row, employees of Nathan Littauer Hospital & Nursing Home have donated articles of winter clothing to families of need in Fulton County. Hundreds of winter coats, hats, mittens, gloves and scarves have been collected over the years, then professionally cleaned and distributed.

This year 60 coats, 39 hats, 36 pairs of gloves/mittens and 10 scarves were collected and given to Century Linen & Uniform (formerly Robison & Smith) of Gloversville. The clothing will be cleaned and made available to local families.

 Ryan Baxter of Century Linens collects winter clothing donated by Littauer employees

Ryan Baxter of Century Linens collects winter clothing donated by Littauer employees


Nathan Littauer played a role in The Donate Life Rose Bowl Parade Float

Nathan Littauer Hospital was recognized with a rose on the Donate Life Float in the 124th annual Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day. Nathan Littauer  partners with the Center for Donation & Transplant (CDT) to facilitate life-saving organ and tissue donation.  CDT is sponsoring a rose on the Donate Life float in honor of the donors from Nathan Littauer Hospital.  The rose also recognizes Littauer’s for its support of donors and their families through the Donate Life Flag Program.  In 2013, a flag will be flown at the hospital following every organ and tissue donation case, which will then be given to the donors’ families in honor of their loved one.
Today, over 117,000 people are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant; this statistic includes just over 10,000 New Yorkers. Over 28,000 organ transplants were performed in 2011; however, the demand is still much greater than the supply, with an average of 17 Americans dying every day due to the shortage of donor organs.
New Yorkers can register to be an organ and tissue donor by joining the New York State Donate Life Registry available online at

Littauer honors organ donation. When a donation is made we raise a “Donate Life Flag”

The Center for Donation & Transplant is the federally designated non-profit organization that coordinates organ and tissue donation at 43 hospitals throughout western Vermont and northeastern New York State.

Littauer partners with the Center for Donation & Transplant to honor those who donate Life

Program hopes to increase donations while honoring others

A rose representing Nathan Littauer’s supporting organ donation sat on this float

Gloversville, NY… In 2010, Nathan Littauer Hospital is partnering with the Center for Donation & Transplant (CDT) to honor patients and their families that choose to give the gift of life through organ or tissue donation. Nathan Littauer will recognize its organ and tissue donors by flying a Donate Life Flag in their honor each time a donation is facilitated at the hospital in 2010. After the flag has been flown it will be given to the donor’s family in memory of their loved one, as part of an aftercare packet designed to help families cope with their grief. Nathan Littauer will also fly the flag during National Donate Life Month in April to help raise awareness of the life-saving benefits of organ and tissue donation. “I am thrilled that Nathan Littauer Hospital is recognizing the life-saving benefits of organ and tissue donation by flying the Donate Life Flag in honor of their donors,” said Jeffrey Orlowski, Chief Executive Officer of CDT. “The flags provide awareness of the importance of donation and also serve as a symbol of respect for those who have given the gift the life. The families of our donors find it very meaningful to receive the flag in recognition of their loved one.”

This is the first year Nathan Littauer has participated in the program. “This is such a worthy endeavor” stated Nathan Littauer’s CEO and President Laurence E. Kelly. He added, “I hope our efforts here today spark conversations among families about the importance of organ and tissue donation.”

To thank Nathan Littauer Hospital’s for its support of CDT’s mission, CDT has dedicated a rose in honor of Nathan Littauer Hospital’s donors that was placed on the Donate Life Float in the 2010 Rose Parade. 2010 marks the seventh year that the donation and transplant community has participated in the Rose Parade through the Donate Life Float, which is designed to inspire more than 30 million U.S. television viewers to give the gift of life. Nathan Littauer’s dedicated rose joined hundreds of others from across the nation to create a living memorial called the “Family Circle Garden” that was incorporated into the float. For more information about the Donate Life Float, or to read Nathan Littauer’s rose dedication, visit the Donate Life Float website at

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The Center for Donation & Transplant is the federally designated non-profit organization that coordinates the retrieval of donated organs and tissues at 46 hospitals throughout western Vermont and northeastern New York State.

Nathan Littauer’s Family of Health Services serves Hamilton, Fulton and Montgomery counties with a 74- bed regional hospital, eight primary care centers and a nursing home. The hospital recently opened a new state-of-the-art Birthing Center. To learn more about Nathan Littauer, please visit