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Spiderman window cleaner surprises patients at children's hospital in Tampa
St. Joseph's Children's Hospital patients woke to a superhero surprise outside their hospital room window last Thursday. Spiderman joined forces with High-Rise Window Cleaning to take on the force of evil known as dirty windows, and brought some much-needed smiles to sick children in the process.
After rappelling down the roof, the webbed hero began his grime-fighting duties by cleaning the windows outside a child-filled playroom on the 8th floor of the hospital. Afterwards, he scaled over to the windows of several patients who were too sick to join the others in the playroom.
"Medical settings are a new, unfamiliar world for most children, and we thought this was a great opportunity to provide the young patients with a momentary escape from the hospital experience and their illness," says Sheila Keller, manager of Environmental Services at St. Joseph's Hospitals.
Amy Haddon, RN, CCRN, manager of the hospital's Child Life Department agrees, adding: "We want our patients to view their illnesses and hospital stay as secondary to enjoying the thrills of a normal childhood, and what's more exciting than seeing a superhero outside your window?"
Rob Powers, who has worked at High-Rise Window Cleaning for more than 10 years, went back to being a mild-mannered window cleaner the following day, but says the smiles he brought to St. Joseph's Children's Hospital is something he'll never forget.
28th February 2013