One of the largest and top ranked pediatric health systems in the United States, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, has been an independent, non-profit system since 1924. Children’s serves kids throughout the Upper Midwest and maintains it’s longstanding commitment to the community to improve children’s health by providing high-quality, family-centered pediatric services and advancing those efforts through research and education. They serve children from before birth through young adulthood at two free-standing hospitals that have 12 primary and specialty-care clinics and six rehabilitation sites. Within the hospital, they have a production company known as Star Studio that provides positive, memorable experiences for the patients and families as an alternative to mainstream and commercial entertainment. They produce live, interactive programming, several pre-recorded shows and create visual tools to educate staff and families. They broadcast to all hospitals televisions and on the Star Studio’s website from their own closed circuit television channel.
When they reached out to us for a power solution to help their productions, we were more than happy to donate gear. They recently used the PowerBase 70 for their Canon XH-G1 for one of their biggest broadcasts which is at the Minnesota State Fair. The show is interactive where the patients get to call the crew at the fair live and tell them where they’d like them to go. Their goal is to give the patients and families an opportunity to experience the fair without actually leaving their hospital room. The crew completes the requests of the kids by doing activities such as seeing the baby animals or going on the “Giant Slide,” which are a couple of the most popular requests.
With the PB70 battery this year, they were able to move their production more efficiently throughout the fair. By having a smaller and wireless setup, it allowed them to make their way through large crowds and go on rides such as the “Giant Slide” and ferris wheel which they weren’t able to do in the past.
Now that their yearly broadcast of the fair is complete, they will continue producing content and live shows on their in-house channel, as well as film and edit a variety from promotional videos for fundraisers to clinical content, all to support the hospital.