WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Elena Griffing is a 91-year-old patient relations coordinator at the Sutter Health Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Berkeley, California.
- Griffing started working at the medical facility in 1946 when she was only 20 years old and has not left the company since.
- She’s been on the job at the hospital for 71 years and plans to make it to 75 years.
Elena Griffing has been working at the same hospital for 71 years. Now 91 years old, she is not thinking of retirement anytime soon.
“On the 10th day of April 1946, I came to work and I still can’t wait to come to work, and it’s 71 years later,” says Elena.
Griffing was admitted to the medical center at the age of 19 with a hemoglobin disorder. She stayed there for four months. One day, when a secretary had not come in, one of the lab technicians asked her, “Are you a secretary? You should get to work.” And that started her career at the hospital.
She started as a receptionist then moved into pathology, personally delivering reports and test results, long before computers came to the picture. “Everything was done by hand back then,” Griffing explains.
The Orinda, California resident says that being a part of the medical field at the age of 20 was “just magic.”
She was described by her colleagues as “strong-willed” and “independent”, joyful to be at work every day,
Griffing is now the hospital’s goodwill ambassador. She brings a smile to everyone, reuniting patients with lost belongings because she understands how important a smile and dedication in your work can be to others.
In her 71 years on the job, she’s only taken four sick days. “It makes me furious that I made four. I think I had one the first 50,” she said.
The chief medical executive of the Sutter Health Alta Bates Summit Medical Center describes Griffing as “the heart and soul” of the hospital. Her influence on the facility and its culture is nothing less than “extraordinary.”
The secret of her success? “I don’t have time to be depressed. I refuse to be depressed. I don’t have time to be sad because I’m having too much fun being happy,” she said. “You work every day. You have to think and solve problems every day. That ol’ gray matter still works.”
When asked about plans of retirement, the lovable Elena Griffing says she’ll take it a year at a time. She hopes to be able to work for at least another four years, aiming to complete 75 years at the hospital.
With a smile, she added, “I will retire when they push me out the door or carry me out in a box. End of story.”
Source: Yahoo Lifestyle