Children's Medical Center and the Ryan Seacrest Foundation
December 19, 2012
In November 2012, the Ryan Seacrest Foundation partnered with Children’s Medical Center to open Seacrest Studios, an interactive space for patients to explore the creative realms of radio, television and new media.
In addition to providing opportunities for patients to learn, explore and play interactive games, the studio broadcasts entertainment programming in the hospital through the Children’s Red Balloon Network. Seacrest Studios also includes a performance stage, which serves as a venue for celebrities, artists and performers who visit Children’s Medical Center, as well as a courtyard for visitors to enjoy activities occurring inside of the studio.
“The studio is a hub of activity,” said Ben Retta, senior director of support services for Children’s. “The purpose is to uplift the spirits of the patients, families and staff. The programming has a positive impact and allows patients some normalcy while dealing with being in the hospital. It gives us a unique opportunity to enhance the patient-family experience here at Children’s and to provide a virtual playroom for children.”
Seacrest Studios and Children’s Medical Center are engaging students from local journalism schools, colleges and universities to provide an opportunity to gain first-hand experience in broadcasting, programming and operating a multimedia center.
“This innovative program allows us to extend many of our existing resources, as well as develop new programs to help children cope with their hospitalization, learn about the hospital environment and connect with other children, both in person and virtually, who are experiencing similar situations” added Susan Lakey, director of volunteer services at Children’s.
When Seacrest Studios opened in Dallas, Children’s joined the company of Children’s Hospital of Atlanta and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, who have also partnered with the Ryan Seacrest Foundation and are currently operating Seacrest Studios inside of their hospitals.