Seacrest Studio opens at Cohen Children’s Medical Center

Seacrest Studio opens at Cohen Children’s Medical Center
Stephen Sanchez plays guitar in the newly unveiled Seacrest Studio at Cohen Children's Medical Center. (Photo courtesy of Northwell Health)

Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park is now home to the 13th Seacrest Studio, a broadcast media center built by “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest’s foundation. 

The TV personality in 2009 started the Ryan Seacrest Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to providing pediatric patients with entertainment and education-focused initiatives.

 “As the largest provider of pediatric services in New York State, we are thrilled to welcome Cohen Children’s Medical Center into the Seacrest Studios family,” Seacrest said in a statement. “I had the pleasure of calling New York home for many years, so to know that so many children and families will now have access to our programming is incredibly rewarding.”

A star-studded cast joined Seacrest Sept. 19 for the studio’s ribbon-cutting, including singer Stephen Sanchez, actress Madelyn Cline, WWE Superstar Charlotte Flair and Paw Patrol characters Chase, Skye Rubbel and Marshall. 

The 1,500-square-foot state-of-the-art studio in the hospital’s atrium will feature programming broadcast to all patient rooms. Programming will include visits from special guests, educational content, music therapy and patient-created shows.

Cohen Children’s patients will also be invited to a special screening for “Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie,” which opens later this month. 

“We are very grateful to the Ryan Seacrest Foundation for giving us another opportunity to provide the best experience possible for our patients,” Michael Dowling, Northwell Health CEO, said. “This is an exciting opportunity for all of us to help some of our youngest patients learn and explore the art of broadcast media while receiving treatment for an injury or illness and, more importantly, maybe take the experience home with them after they recover to do even bigger things.”

The hospital joins 12 other Seacrest Studios across the country, including Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. The Ryan Seacrest Foundation is scheduled to open another studio in Salt Lake City later this year.


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