Ryan Seacrest Foundation donates media studio to Primary Children’s Hospital
Nov 15, 2022, 3:57 PM
Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital will be the recipient of a state-of-the-art broadcast media center, a “Seacrest Studio,” made possible by the Ryan Seacrest Foundation.
According to a release from the hospital, the new Seacrest Studio will allow kids to explore television, radio, and other media during their stay in the hospital.
“We are thrilled and honored to welcome Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital to the RSF family,” Seacrest said. “Each Seacrest Studio is created with the goal of bringing exciting and stimulating adventures that spark joy in patients and their families during their treatment. I can’t wait to partner with such an incredible hospital to bring this excitement to Salt Lake City and introduce the community to the wonders of radio, television, and new media.”
The studio is scheduled to open next year and will be located in the main lobby of Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital.
The announcement was made by Ryan Seacrest himself on “LIVE with Kelly and Ryan.”
“This Seacrest Studio will create an opportunity for children to feel included and special during their time at the hospital and can become a major part of a child’s healing,” Spencer Hardy, director of family support services at Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital said. “Once you find the right thing to bring someone out of their shell, it completely changes how they see the hospital and their treatment.”
Seacrest Studios are charitable endeavors of the Ryan Seacrest Foundation, begun by the radio and tv star Ryan Seacrest and his family. The goal of the foundation is to “contribute positively to the healing process for children and their families while in the hospital.”
Primary Children’s Hospital has a closed-circuit TV system that allows caregivers and young patients to host segments and participate in call-in programs with other patients in the hospital. The new studio will connect into the current tv system and enhance its capabilities, allowing more kids to participate in broadcast activities.
“Providing safe and engaging experiences to patients during their hospital stay is a critical part of their healing, wellbeing, and continued development as kids,” said Katy Welkie, chief executive officer of Primary Children’s Hospital and vice president of Intermountain Children’s Health. “We are thrilled to host a new Seacrest Studio at Primary Children’s Hospital to give our patients one more way to express themselves and lift their spirits within our healing environment.”
The Ryan Seacrest Foundation has 11 other studios in children’s hospitals throughout the country, with plans to open several new studios in 2023.