Calif. woman celebrates 70 years working for same health facility

Calif. woman celebrates 70 years working for same health facility

Setting a new example of a loyal employee, 90-year-old Elena Griffing has just celebrated her 70th year working for the same hospital in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Sutter Health Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in the Bay Area marked Griffing’s 90th birth anniversary as well as her 70th active year of work at the facility.

Griffing, who has held a number of different positions over the past decades at the hospital, said coming to work every day was a celebration for her. At the ripe age of 90, she also stressed that she has no plans to retire anytime soon. She goes to bed at 1 o’clock and wake up at 6 a.m., seven days a week.

When asked her for a comment, she said, “I can’t wait to come to work every day, this is my hospital. I enjoy anything I can do to be of service. Truly, it's the patient that counts. If it's helping someone, it’s my bag.”

The old lady’s employment longevity is not the only surprising thing. She has taken merely four days of sick leave in her seven decades long period of work at the hospital.

Griffing joined the facility on April 10, 1946, at the age of 20. At the time, the facility was known as Alta Bates Community Hospital. She worked there with founder Alta Alice Miner Bates, who once told her not to wear her signature three-inch heels because she might fall and possibly would sue the hospital.