The Family Life Center on the fifth floor of Childrens Memorial Hospital in Chicago provides a place for patients and their families to relax, play, and socialize. It also doubles as a television studio for Skylight TV, the hospitals in-house television channel, which recently upgraded its production capabilities with a Broadcast Pix¢ Slate¢ 1000 live video production system.
Producer Rene Roy said the center has served as studio space for Skylight TV for more than 10 years. In about 20 minutes, the Skylight TV team can transform the area into a makeshift studio for a two-camera shoot, complete with scenery, wireless mics, and, perhaps most importantly for the young patients, a prize cart.
The hospital maintains a regular schedule of four live shows each week, including bingo-type games that teach about body parts and injury prevention on Mondays and Tuesdays and often attract more than 200 players throughout the hospital. Wednesdays feature a storytelling program, while Thursday mornings begin with an hour-long music and variety show with patients serving as a studio audience. Skylight TV also creates additional content for its patients as well.
Skylight TVs control room is located in the basement of the hospital. Roy said the new Broadcast Pix system replaced an aging Play Trinity system. The Slate 1000 was sold to Childrens Memorial Hospital by Roscor Corporation, which is based in Mount Prospect, Ill. Roscor installed the system in August and it went live in September.
Roy said the channel takes advantage of the built-in Fluent¢ workflow tools, including the multi-view, clip and still stores, and Inscriber CG. Broadcast Pix is very much a transition technology from the old into the new, he said. I think its relatively intuitive. It absolutely makes our productions better.
The hospital is building a new 23-story facility in the heart of Chicago that will open in 2012 called Ann & Robert H. Lurie Childrens Hospital of Chicago. Skylight TV will have a dedicated studio (complete with retractable green screen) and control room in the middle of the new building. Were not going to have to learn a new system, Roy added. Were taking the Broadcast Pix with us.
At Lurie Childrens, Roy plans to involve some of the older patients with what he calls video therapy and allow them to help produce the shows. We have always aspired to having high quality programs and involving the kids as much as we can, he said. Thats why we got the Broadcast Pix. Its really reliable, and its easy to run a show.
Childrens Memorial Hospital Childrens Memorial is one of the top pediatric hospitals in the country according to US News & World Report. Its physicians are on staff at Northwestern University Feinbergs School of Medicine.