About 100 hospital staff members and young children filled the Springfield Regional Medical Center’s courtyard on Thursday morning in anticipation of seeing Iron Man, Batman, Superman and Spider-Man rappel over the side of the building.
Many of the kids in attendance wore shirts or costumes of their favorite superhero. Shouts of excitement were heard when they appeared over the side of the roof and began to drop down the side of the building, washing windows as they went.
American National Skyline Inc. and Springfield Regional teamed up to put on the event.
After the four superheroes completed rappelling down the side of the building, they posed for pictures with the kids and staff. They then visited same-day surgery units to brighten the day of any children who were there.
Debbie Johnson, a Springfield resident, brought her four grandchildren to watch the superheroes.
“The kids were excited when I told them we were going to see the superheroes today,” she said.
One of her grandchildren, Lexi Watkins of Fairborn, was dressed as Batwoman but said she was most excited to meet Spider-Man because he can shoot webs.
Adrian Farris, an employee of American National Skyline Inc., dressed up as Spider-Man for the day and said that seeing the smiles on the kids’ faces and providing a bright spot in their day is the best part of his job.
“We have superheroes here everyday with our caregivers and support staff who care for our community but today we had guest heroes,” said Dave Lamb, spokesman for Springfield Regional. “We’re just happy to provide some fun for the staff and patients by having the superheroes here today.”
The first 30 kids also received coloring books and other items.