Joyce Kim does not look like someone who just turned 90 years old. When she arrived at Glendale Adventist Memorial Center on July 1, she didn’t notice it was her birthday until her co-workers at the hospital gift shop gave her a surprise birthday party.
Kim has a special relationship with the center. The Glendale resident has been volunteering there for 26 years after she retired from nursing in 1962. She also has a son who works as a doctor at the center.
She originally came from Korea to live with her father in Los Angeles in 1941. She could not speak a word of English, but studied the language while attending La Sierra College in Los Angeles. She then graduated as a registered nurse from Glendale Nursing School at Glendale Adventist College in 1949. The college used to offer a program through which the medical center trained students to obtain their nursing degrees.