Patients at Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital will get to delve into the world of radio, television and news, thanks to a donation by multimedia mogul Ryan Seacrest.
Seacrest, best known for “Live with Kelly and Ryan” and “American Idol,” selected the children’s hospital as the next site for a Seacrest Studio, which will be funded by the Ryan Seacrest Foundation. The studio is expected to open next year in the main lobby of the hospital.
“We are thrilled and honored to welcome Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital to the RSF family,” Seacrest said during Tuesday morning’s episode of “Live.” “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.”
Seacrest Studios are charitable causes of the Ryan Seacrest Foundation, which Seacrest started with his family. The goal is to contribute positively to the healing process for children and their families during their hospital stay.
“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,” said Spencer Hardy, director of family support services at Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital. “Once you find the right thing to bring someone out of their shell, it completely changes how they see the hospital and their treatment.”
Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital has a closed-circuit TV system that will allow caregivers and patients to host segments and participate in call-in programs with other hospital patients. This will allow young patients to experiment with radio and television broadcasting while bringing an uplifting spirit to the hospital, Hardy said.
“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.”