To many, April 10, 1946, is just a day in history. To Elena Griffing, it was the first day of the rest of her life.
At just 20 years old, the bright-eyed woman started her first job at Sutter Health Alta Bates Summit Medical Center. Of course, 70 years ago it went by a different title, Alta Bates Community Hospital .
Since that first day, Griffing has held multiple positions, but there’s been one particular constant in all her years — her absolute devotion to her work. And it shows. She’s only taken four sick days — one was after she got her appendix out at the hospital. She got up and went to work the floor the following day, but the doctor sent her home.
Now she’s 90, in a new role, but insistent that she’s going to work “forever.”
Hear Griffing’s story and just try not to fall in love with this passionate woman.
Confucius said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
I think Griffing made the right choice.