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On Friday, American Idol host Ryan Seacrest unveiled a new media center at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County that was donated by the Ryan Seacrest Foundation.
The Ryan Seacrest Foundation builds broadcast media centers – called Seacrest Studios – inside children’s hospitals to give young patients a break from their monotonous and exhausting recovery from serious illnesses. The studios help children to be mentally and physically active as they enjoy the “exciting and stimulating adventures” of radio, television and new media.
So far, the RSF has built four media centers across the country. The first was opened in 2010 in Seacrest’s hometown at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. The following year, a second center was built at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In 2012, the Children’s Medical Center of Dallas received its own Seacrest Studio.
The fourth was opened yesterday in southern California’s Children's Hospital of Orange County. Before the official opening, Seacrest gave the Today show a quick tour of the new center. He explained his motivation for building it, describing how the patients grow bored of being stuck in the hospital for long periods of time for treatment.
“I started to think about what we could do to create a distraction and also something where they can learn and be active,” Seacrest said.
E! Online reports that the grand opening was a star-studded event. Miley Cyrus broke in the new microphones as she talked about her upcoming album with Snoop Lion in an interview with Seacrest. Then the British band The Wanted gave a live performance.
A few kid-friendly actors showed up as well, including singer-actress Victoria Justice from Nickelodeon’s Victorious, the Disney Channel’s Zendaya and Twilight heartthrob Taylor Lautner.
Seacrest was very pleased with what the Ryan Seacrest Foundation has accomplished. He told Today, “We’ve seen [the studio] create energy. It creates a spirit inside the hospitals. It’s really special.”