A Century of Grace Leads to Decades of Service to Rochester General Hospital


When Grace Sanford, 100, began volunteering at Rochester General Hospital in 1956, Dwight D. Eisenhower was president, Elvis Presley’s “Don’t Be Cruel/Hound Dog” was number one on the Billboard music charts, the New York Yankees beat the Brooklyn Dodgers in the World Series, The Montreal Canadiens won the Stanley Cup, Cary Middlecoff won the U.S. Open at Oak Hill Country Club (yes here in Rochester) and the Super Bowl was 12 years away from being played.  Since that time, we have seen 12 U.S. presidents, several different types of music are now mainstream and there have been numerous sports champions. One thing has remained the same during those 60 plus years, Grace Sanford has been at Rochester General Hospital.

Grace has worked in the mailroom throughout her tenure first at the “old” RGH and then at the current location. Coming in on Tuesdays in a dress and skirt (she prefers them to pants of which she only has two pairs) along with high heels, she approaches every day with a smile and as her name says, grace.  She has met many special people over the years and says they are what make her work so rewarding.

Rochester General Hospital is throwing Grace a 100th birthday celebration on Tuesday, July 25 from 11 am – noon in the RGH Polisseni Pavilion Lobby. Employees, visitors, family members and other volunteers are invited to thank Grace for her dedication and 20,000 hours of service!

Happy Birthday Grace!