Patients at Levine Children’s Hospital, part of Carolinas HealthCare System, will be given the chance to explore the creative realms of radio, television and new media thanks to the Ryan Seacrest Foundation and the Carolinas HealthCare Foundation.
Seacrest Studios, an in-house multimedia broadcast center, opened July 29 inside the Overcash Atrium of Levine Children’s Hospital. The 652-square-foot studio includes five guest microphones, production-quality video cameras and a green screen that allows for patient participation in video projects.
“Seacrest Studios is a great addition to our hospital and will provide a unique opportunity for our patients to explore their creative side while adding a special energy and excitement to their recovery,” said Leonard Feld, MD, PhD, chief medical officer for Levine Children’s Hospital. “By giving our kids something to look forward to we can help lift their spirits and encourage a positive outlook towards their healing.”
The official ribbon-cutting ceremony was hosted by Ryan Seacrest and included a live performance by Austin Mahone and a visit from NASCAR driver Martin Truex, Jr.
The studio will have a full-time program director and programming will include game shows, celebrity interviews and performances. Patients will also have the opportunity to be disc jockeys and the studio programming will be broadcast to patient rooms via closed-circuit televisions to ensure that all patients can participate in the fun.
“Carolinas HealthCare System’s Levine Children’s Hospital is one of the best pediatric hospitals in the nation, and it’s a privilege to partner with them to launch Seacrest Studios in Charlotte,” Seacrest said.
“I’m so proud that we were able to bring Seacrest Studios to this community, as I am confident they will fully embrace the creativity and inspiration the studio will yield, lifting the spirits of patients, their families and the entire hospital community.”
RSF has opened Seacrest Studios in Atlanta, Dallas, Philadelphia, and Orange County, Calif., with plans to expand nationwide. Levine Children’s Hospital, a 234 bed pediatric hospital, specializes in more than 30 pediatric services and was recently ranked among the top 50 children’s hospital in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in five specialties.
“This studio is a testament to the Charlotte community’s commitment to the region’s premiere children’s hospital as we are determined to make every stay as positive as possible for patients and their families,” said Michael Rose, president of the Carolinas HealthCare Foundation. “We are grateful to Ryan, his family, foundation and all the organizations that partnered with us to make this possible.”
View a slideshow from the event.