Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, in partnership with the Ryan Seacrest Foundation, has opened a new state-of-the-art 1,200 sq. ft. broadcast media center called Seacrest Studios. The studio is part of an entertainment initiative that radio and television host and producer Ryan Seacrest and his family developed to help patients explore the creative realms of radio, television and new media.
Ryan Seacrest hosted a special virtual ribbon cutting ceremony to open the new space at Orlando Health Arnold Palmer on December 2, making it the 11th location of this kind in the country and first in Florida. Global superstar Justin Bieber also joined the festivities virtually to interact with hospital patients.
“2020 has been a year unlike any other and the Ryan Seacrest Foundation is honored to be welcomed into the lives of Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children’s patients and families,” said Ryan Seacrest. “We are thrilled to be able to share a fun and creative outlet during their stay that continues to keep their health and safety a priority during these challenging times.”
The new studio 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 in-room TV screen. Patients will have the opportunity to host their own radio and TV shows, watch live musical performances, play games and even interview celebrity guests that visit. Patients will also have the ability to call down to the studio to engage in events they are watching on their screen.
“Although this has been an extremely challenging year, we could not be more thrilled to officially open Seacrest Studios at Orlando Health Arnold Palmer,” said hospital president Cary D’Ortona. “We’re looking forward to safely engaging with our patients in new and creative ways and bringing some much-needed fun to the children and our team.”
The studio is located on the first floor of the hospital, adjacent to the main atrium, and is encased in glass, allowing patients and visitors to view the daily programming happening inside.
Philanthropy has shaped our hospital over the years in many ways, and this latest gift comes to us through the vision of the Ryan Seacrest Foundation. This project was 100% supported by philanthropy and made possible through the financial contribution of the Orlando Health Foundation, Coca-Cola Beverages Florida, Spirit Halloween and Covelli Family Limited Partnership, franchisee of Panera Bread, and all of our valued CMN Hospitals partners.
Watch the grand opening ceremonies and take a look inside #SeacrestStudio11 below: