March 25, 2013
CHOC Children’s – in partnership with the Ryan Seacrest Foundation – has opened an in-house multimedia broadcast center, Seacrest Studios, further enhancing the hospital’s services to patients and families. A star-studded ribbon-cutting ceremony officially opened the studio March 22, which will allow patients to explore the creative realms of radio, television and new media. Seacrest Studios inside The Bill Holmes Tower at CHOC Children’s is the first facility on the West Coast, and the fourth in the nation. Seacrest helped inaugurate the studio by broadcasting his 102.7 KIIS-FM morning radio show March 22 from inside Seacrest Studios at CHOC Children’s. Celebrity guests such as Miley Cyrus, Taylor Lautner, British pop sensation The Wanted, and Victoria Justice stopped by to chat with Seacrest during the show, and later visited with patients and their families. The opening of Seacrest Studios marks the latest chapter in Seacrest’s collaboration with CHOC. Seacrest was first introduced to the hospital through 102.7 KIIS-FM. The station has brought musical guests and celebrities to the hospital, and has invited patients to be backstage guests at concerts. ”I’ve long been a fan of CHOC and their incredible team of doctors and staff that provide such amazing care and service to children and their families,” Seacrest said. “When my family and I mapped out our location priorities for Seacrest Studios, CHOC was on our foundation’s short list. Their support has been tremendous, and I believe we’re all unified in our mission to help kids and their families cope with their time at the hospital in new, fun and interesting way.” Seacrest Studios will allow patients to act as disc jockeys, request their favorite songs, watch artists perform and interview their favorite celebrities. Studio programming is broadcast to patient rooms via closed-circuit televisions for those who cannot visit the studio. The 652-square-foot Seacrest Studios is a state-of-the-art facility, which includes five guest microphones; production-quality video cameras; and a green screen that will allow for patient participation in video projects. Live performances in nearby areas will also be broadcast through the studio. CHOC’s funding partners are CHOC Follies and Harry Winston South Coast Plaza. The Ryan Seacrest Foundation’s founding sponsors include the E! Network and The Coca-Cola Company. “We at CHOC Children’s treasure our relationship with Ryan Seacrest and the Ryan Seacrest Foundation. We are thrilled to open Seacrest Studios, providing our patients and their families with one more outlet for coping with their hospital stay while having fun,” says Emily Grankowski, manager of CHOC’s Child Life Department. In addition to bringing joy to hospital patients, Seacrest Studios and CHOC Children’s will also provide educational opportunities for college-aged students: Interns from local universities will run the studio, earning course credits and experience in broadcasting and programming.
About CHOC Children's: Named one of the best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report (2014-2015) and a 2013 Leapfrog Top Hospital, CHOC Children's is exclusively committed to the health and well-being of children through clinical expertise, advocacy, outreach and research that brings advanced treatment to pediatric patients. Affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, CHOC’s regional health care network includes two state-of-the-art hospitals in Orange and Mission Viejo, several primary and specialty care clinics, a pediatric residency program, and four centers of excellence - The CHOC Children’s Heart, Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Hyundai Cancer Institutes. CHOC earned the Gold Level CAPE Award from the California Council of Excellence, the only children’s hospital in California to ever earn this distinction, and was awarded Magnet designation, the highest honor bestowed to hospitals for nursing excellence. Recognized for extraordinary commitment to high-quality critical care standards, CHOC’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is the first in the United States to earn the Pediatric Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence.
Andrea Woodhouse, Public Relations Specialist
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