Ryan Seacrest has accumulated a total of five "Seacrest Studios" to lift the spirits of patients in children's hospitals throughout the country.
Since the grand opening of the first studio in 2010 at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston, the Ryan Seacrest Foundation has been using radio programming along with production-quality video cameras to reach patients in their very own hospital room. All they need to do is turn on their televisions that are provided in each room of the hospital.
Not only can they get involved from their rooms, but they are also welcome to come down during air-time anytime from 2-6 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays where they are able to learn about radio, become a DJ for the day, perform for the rest of the hospital, record greetings and play games and interact with other patients and the studio interns.
"My favorite times are when the patients come down to hang out with us," said Wendy Threatt, coordinator at Seacrest Studios at Egleston. "It means they are feeling well enough and we always have the best times! We hope to help them forget why they're here, even just for a little bit."
Specials guests are always stopping by, as well to join in on the fun. The most popular celebrities over the years include Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Ed Sheeran, Luke Bryan, Derek Hough, Kellie Pickler, American Idol finalists, Usher, Nickeloedon stars, Disney stars and the list goes on. Many guests even bring their own unique gifts for the patients throughout the hospital.
Patients outside CHOA at Egleston are also able to connect. Children's at Scottish Rite and Children's at Hughes Spalding have access to watch and listen to the show by tuning into channel 12 on their TV's. Along with the patients at Egleston, they can also call in to request a song, interact with guests, play games and give special shout-outs!
The Ryan Seacrest Foundation now has studios in Dallas, Philadelphia, Charlotte and Los Angeles with many more to come.