Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital has been selected by the Ryan Seacrest Foundation as the recipient of its next Seacrest Studio. These state-of-the-art broadcast media centers built in children’s hospitals allow patients to explore a vast world of radio, television and new media while showing them a new realm of possibilities and potential careers.
Scheduled to open in early 2023, the 1,275-square-foot studio will be located prominently in the Event Space on the main lobby level at Le Bonheur. Seacrest Studios are charitable endeavors of the Ryan Seacrest Foundation, founded by media entrepreneur, radio personality and television host and producer Ryan Seacrest, and his family. The Ryan Seacrest Foundation hopes to contribute to children and their families’ healing process and lift the spirits of the Le Bonheur staff.
“Since the foundation’s inception, I have had the pleasure of witnessing the power that entertainment and creative expression has had on thousands of patients across the country,” said Ryan Seacrest. “I am thrilled to bring together the patients of Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, their families and the Memphis community to continue sharing joyful and meaningful experiences as we make a slow and steady return to normalcy.”
Ryan made the announcement on “LIVE with Kelly and Ryan,” the award-winning syndicated morning television talk show he co-hosts with Kelly Ripa.
The Seacrest Studio at Le Bonheur Children’s will be used to provide a variety of programming to patients, whether they are physically in the studio or watching through a closed-circuit network from their rooms. Patients will have the opportunity to host their own radio and television shows, play games, watch live musical performances and interview celebrity guests. The studio will be encased in glass, allowing patients, staff and visitors to view the daily programming happening inside.
At Le Bonheur Children’s, we are always working to meet the physical, emotional and developmental needs of the more than 500,000 children we see each year. We strive to continually improve and enhance the Le Bonheur experience for patients, families and our staff,” said Le Bonheur President Michael Wiggins, DBA, FACHE. “Our new Seacrest Studio will bring entertainment and fun to patients and their families, in addition to boosting the morale of our pediatric experts. We are so grateful to the Ryan Seacrest Foundation for choosing Le Bonheur for this studio.”
Seacrest Studios was built on the commitment to aid in the healing process of children receiving medical care at hospitals and their families. Its programming allows children to tap into their creativity that helps them thrive, experimenting with radio and television broadcasting in these media centers while bringing an uplifting spirit to the hospital’s communities. Today, the Ryan Seacrest Foundation has successfully installed 11 broadcast media centers in pediatric hospitals nationwide, including in Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Nashville, Orange County, Orlando, Philadelphia and Washington D.C.
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