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CINCINNATI -- Ryan Seacrest opened 'Seacrest Studios' at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Monday.

Seacrest Studios, part of the Ryan Seacrest Foundation, is a broadcast media center opening in Cincinnati Children's for patients of the hospital.

The state-of-the-art, 1,000 square-foot multimedia studio will provide education and entertainment for the patients and give them a "creative outlet" for kids to just be kids.

WCPO's Kendall Herold was at Monday's ribbon cutting event and spoke with 7-year-old, Carson, a patient at Children's.

"It's pretty nice," Carson said, "And I bet when I get my surgeries I'll always have the music on."

And Carson isn't the only one excited for the studio.

This is the sixth Seacrest Studio to open across the country since 2009. The first studio opened at Children's Healthcare in Atlanta, Georgia.

"We're so excited to be opening our sixth broadcast media center, and proud to be part of the Cincinnati Children's community," said Seacrest.

"The staff and the children here are a constant source of inspiration and courage, and we hope that Seacrest Studios will serve as a creative outlet and healing opportunity for the patients and their families during their stay."

The station will be known as "WKID 33" and will stream throughout the hospital. This gives patients who are unable to leave their beds or rooms a chance to see what's going on in the studio.

Michael Fisher, Cincinnati Children's president and CEO, says that the studio is right in line with the medical center's mission.

"Providing our patients and families with the best possible hospital experience is an important part of our mission. And the addition of the Seacrest Studio is another step forward in these efforts," Fisher explained.

"We are so grateful to the Ryan Seacrest Foundation for making this broadcast media center a reality and for giving our patients an opportunity to just be kids while they are here - it's so important for positive outcomes."

The studio will be located in the main concourse of the hospital, across from the cafeteria. It is encased in glass so that passers-by will be able to see what's going inside. Programming is set to include celebrity guests and performances, kid-friendly shows and game shows.

Other big names like music star Jason Derulo and Drew Lachey, among others, will attend Monday's ribbon cutting event at Cincinnati Children's Medical Center.

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