Syndicated radio personality and “American Idol” star Ryan Seacrest along with The Ryan Seacrest Foundation, launched THE VOICE at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia during a ribbon-cutting event held in the Hospital’s Colket Atrium, the new home of the interactive closed-circuit broadcast multi-media center. THE VOICE provides young patients within The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia community with an opportunity 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.
Teen sensation Selena Gomez made a special appearance at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, joining Ryan Seacrest as he hosted the first broadcast from THE VOICE, which also included interviews with NFL Kicker David Akers, cardiac patient Julia Parmisciano and Stephanie Fuller, M.D., a Cardiac Center surgeon at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
“I’m excited to bring THE VOICE to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia,” said Seacrest, founder and chairman of 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 use multimedia and interactive platforms to enlighten, entertain and educate.
“Ryan Seacrest and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia are two of our favorite things,” said Steve Burke, chief executive officer of NBCUniversal and member of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Board of Trustees. “Comcast Foundation and NBCUniversal are proud and honored to support the launch of THE VOICE at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia with a leadership gift. THE VOICE is an extraordinary program designed to entertain patients during their hospital stay, and we feel privileged that our support helped make this dream a reality.”
“The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is honored to be the recipient of the Ryan Seacrest Foundation’s THE VOICE broadcast media center,” said Steven M. Altschuler, M.D., 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 and how to operate an in-house studio. It gives them a bit of control that is so often lost while in the hospital.”
THE VOICE will also involve students from local journalism schools, colleges and universities, providing an opportunity to gain first-hand experience in broadcasting, programming and operating a multi-media center.