The Motion Picture and Television Fund (MPTF) announced Feb. 23 that it plans to broaden and expand health care services to the entertainment industry and the community at its storied Wasserman campus in Woodland Hills.
For the 180 independent and assisted-living residents on the Wasserman campus, a new alliance with the UCLA Health will breathe new life into the health services they may require as they age: UCLA plans to open and operate a new neurological rehabilitation unit at the site. The plan is subject to regulatory approval.
"The opportunity to add a UCLA neurological rehab unit to the stunning MPTF hospital campus and expand our capacity in this area is exciting," said Dr. David Feinberg, CEO of the UCLA Hospital System. "UCLA has enjoyed a long and productive relationship with the entertainment community, and we are proud to join MPTF and Providence in Woodland Hills."
MPTF also announced that it has entered into a non-binding letter of intent with Providence Health & Services California. The proposed relationship with Providence will allow MPTF to avoid the closure it announced in early 2009 and to continue providing long-term care services on its campus.
When campus renovations are completed in the next year, the MPTF facility will include skilled nursing and dementia care units exclusive to the entertainment industry, inpatient neurological rehabilitation, skilled nursing, palliative care and other post-acute care units. While the MPTF will continue to meet the needs of the entertainment industry, it will also serve the greater community.
"There are nothing but winners here, including our long-term care residents, our campus residents concerned about continuum of care, our employees, Providence Health & Services and the UCLA Health, the residents of the San Fernando Valley, and, most importantly, a community of entertainment industry workers who will share in the pride of being part of an industry that fills the needs of its members in such an extraordinary fashion," said Bob Beitcher, CEO of MPTF.
Motion Picture and Television Fund
For the past 90 years, the Motion Picture and Television Fund has fulfilled its mission of serving Southern California's entertainment community. Focused on filling the essential needs of those working in the entertainment industry, the nonprofit organization provides community, health and social services and financial support. MPTF is a leader in the development and implementation of services and programs for senior citizens. For more information, visit www.mptvfund.org.
For more than half a century, the UCLA Health has provided the best in health care and the latest in medical technology to the people of Los Angeles and throughout the world. Made up of Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopedic Hospital, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital, and the UCLA Medical Group, with its wide-reaching system of primary-care and specialty-care offices throughout the region, the UCLA Health is among the most comprehensive and advanced health care systems in the world. For more information, visit www.uclahealth.org.