Ryan Seacrest Foundation Selects CHOP for New Media Center

Ryan SeacrestApril 6, 2011 — The Ryan Seacrest Foundation (RSF) has selected The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as its newest site for the construction of THE VOICE, an interactive closed circuit broadcast multi-media center. THE VOICE provides young patients within The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia community with an outlet to engage in activities related to radio, TV and new media, ranging from broadcasting like a disc jockey and playing their favorite songs to watching live artists perform and interviewing celebrities.

“Throughout my 20-year career in the entertainment business, I’ve toured many hospitals and have consistently been amazed by the courage of children and their families in light of the hardships they face,” said Ryan Seacrest, who recently launched the Ryan Seacrest Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for seriously ill and injured children through unique programs that utilize multimedia and interactive platforms to enlighten, entertain and educate.

Seacrest continues, “Recognized as one of the best children’s hospitals in the country, I am thrilled to bring our program to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Not only is The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia leading pediatric clinical and research innovation, it is a national leader in developing techniques to support the patient’s emotional well-being. THE VOICE will be a new addition to their existing Child Life programs and will provide a lively form of interactive entertainment.”

THE VOICE to provide learning, support healing

“The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is proud to be the recipient of the Ryan Seacrest Foundation’s THE VOICE broadcast media center,” said Steven M. Altschuler, MD, chief executive officer of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “THE VOICE will offer a creative outlet for our patients to learn about the broadcast arts, operate an in-house studio or even to listen to the broadcast, and call in requests. It gives them a little bit of control that is so often lost while in the hospital.”

RSF aims to contribute to the healing process for children and their families during their hospital stay by bringing an uplifting spirit to the hospital community through this broadcast media center.

Summer 2011 opening planned

Scheduled to open this Summer, THE VOICE at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia will be located in the Main Hospital’s Colket Atrium. THE VOICE will also involve students from local journalism schools, colleges and universities to provide an opportunity to gain first-hand experience in broadcasting, programming and operating a multi-media center.

About the Ryan Seacrest Foundation (RSF)

The Ryan Seacrest Foundation (RSF) is a (501) (c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for seriously ill and injured children through unique programs that utilize multi-media and interactive platforms to enlighten, entertain and educate. RSF's first initiative is to build closed circuit broadcast media centers, named THE VOICE, within pediatric hospitals for children to explore the creative realms of radio, television and new media.

RSF's aim is to contribute positively to the healing process for children and their families during their stay by developing these centers to bring an uplifting spirit to the hospital community. The Foundation believes that access to multi-media experiences will bring patients exciting and stimulating adventures to encourage optimistic thoughts during treatment. It is also RSF's goal to bridge education into its mission by creating internship programs with THE VOICE for students from local journalism schools, colleges and universities, allowing them to gain first-hand experience in broadcasting and operating a multi-media center. For more information, visit www.ryanseacrestfoundation.org

Contact

Rachel Salis-Silverman, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 267-426-6063 or salis@email.chop.edu

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