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TOLDJA! Announcement Of MPTF Care Deal

EXCLUSIVE: MPTF REVERSAL! Deal To Keep Acute Care Hospital Open And Even Expand Services

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. (February 23, 2011) – The Motion Picture and Television Fund (MPTF) announced today it has entered into a non-binding letter of intent with Providence Health & Services California with plans to broaden and expand healthcare services to the entertainment industry and the community on its storied Wasserman Campus in Woodland Hills. The proposed relationship with Providence will enable MPTF to continue providing long-term care services on its campus, setting aside its closure announcement of early 2009.

MPTF’s primary care network of seven health centers in Southern California, serving 60,000 entertainment industry workers annually, will not be impacted by the MPTF-Providence arrangement. For the 180 independent and assisted living residents on The Wasserman Campus, the Providence relationship breathes new life into the health services they may require as they age under MPTF care. MPTF will continue its broad social services programs, including financial grants of charitable assistance for industry members in need, residential subsidies, Elder Connection, and the Samuel Goldwyn Foundation Children’s Center. UCLA Health System will also participate in the revitalization of the medical program, locating a new neurological rehabilitation unit at the MPTF.

Under the terms of the proposed agreement, Providence would sign a long-term master lease agreement

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MPTF REVERSAL! Deal To Keep Acute Care Hospital Open And Even Expand Services

TOLDJA! Announcement Of MPTF Care Deal

EXCLUSIVE  UPDATE: I’ve learned that the MPTF deal is with Providence Health & Services, which will take over management of the acute care hospital to keep it open on campus and even expand the intensive care nursing services and other long-term offerings. “It couldn’t be a better scenario,” one of my insiders exults. Providence Health & Services of California describes itself as a Catholic, not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing quality and compassionate health care and reaching out to the poor and the vulnerable in the communities it serves. Providence California operates five acute care medical centers in the Los Angeles area: Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, Providence Tarzana Medical Center, Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Centers in Torrance and San Pedro. The region also operates programs and facilities including Providence Medical Institute, Hospice care, long-term care, outpatient clinics and a high school.

EXCLUSIVE 9 AM: I’ve just received word that there’s good news coming for the Motion Picture & Television Fund and those acute care patients who depend on its services. I’ll get you details as soon as I can, but for now I can report that essentially the MTPF is making a deal to keep the acute-care hospital open and even expand intensive care services. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that this resolution comes on the eve of the Motion Picture & Television Fund Foundation’s 9th Annual “Night Before” Pre-Oscar Fundraiser hosted by Jeffrey Katzenberg, chairman of the MPTF Foundation Board, two years after he announced the closure of the MPTF’s acute care hospital and intensive care nursing facilities because they were losing $10 million a year. Nor that it follows a California Department Of Public Health inspection of the Motion Picture & Television Fund’s skilled nursing facility completed on June 4, 2010, citing the MPTF for rights violations and service failures. Nor that it follows the forced resignation of Dr. David Tillman, MPTF’s president and chief executive, and his replacement by the more responsible and conciliatory Bob Beitcher. Nor that it follows nearly two years of bad publicity for nearly everyone involved at the MPTF because of protests by the families of the acute care patients and grassroots activist groups like Saving The Lives Of Their Own to ensure that the entertainment industry’s promise of “Taking Care of Our Own” remains unbroken now and for future generations just as it did when it was founded back in 1921 by Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks and D.W. Griffith to help showbiz people who fell on hard times. Nor that it follows recent weak Hollywood Guild agreements with the studios and networks that will have the result of robbing more members of their middle class livelihoods and imperiling their health and pension benefits so that in the future even more stress will be put on MPTF infrastructure.

Back on November 24th, I reported that MPTF’s recently installed President/CEO Bob Beitcher was trying to effect a compromise and was told “odds are favoring a face-saving yet real solution for the LTC and a major capital campaign, over a continued war of attrition and negative PR”. So a dialogue has been ongoing between Beitcher, Motion Picture and Television Fund Foundation CEO Ken Scherer, and MPTF bigwigs including Casey Wasserman, chairman of the Wasserman Foundation which is one of MPTF’s biggest benefactors (and whose namesake Wasserman campus in Woodlands Hills is the venue for the acute care hospital and intensive care nursing facilities), and even Jeffrey Katzenberg.

It was two years ago, that without any warning the shocking announcement was made that the MPTF’s acute care hospital and long term care nursing home were losing $10 million a year and that the shortfall was expected to widen significantly in coming years. Read More »

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MPTF vs Families: Is Compromise Coming?

The advocacy group Saving The Lives Of Our Own representing families and residents has battled the Motion Picture & Television Fund’s closing of the long-term care hospital and intensive care nursing home. Now I hear that MPTF’s recently installed President/CEO Bob Beitcher is trying to effect a compromise that guarantees the closures but also respects the displaced residents. An insider informs me: “In a meeting with campus residents at their request, CEO Bob Beitcher informed them that he is in serious discussion with at least two major hospital/healthcare providers seeking to partner with MPTF to provide LTC (and some type of hospital care) on campus. Not a done deal. No guarantees. And while we don’t know what it would look like or that it will be acceptable, the Fund will soon enter its 90th anniversary year. Will MPTF want to put the last two years’ toil and troubles behind? Odds are favoring a face-saving yet real solution for the LTC and a major capital campaign, over a continued war of attrition and negative PR.”

I hear this partnership/co-branding possibility has been discussed with families and activists as well and that there’s an ongoing dialogue right now with Beitcher, Motion Picture and Television Fund Foundation CEO Ken Scherer, and even closure hardliner MPTF Foundation Chair Jeffrey Katzenberg “to some degree, There are, however, a number of skeptics, and it’s been best to watch … Read More »

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MPTF Activists To Hold Celebrity Fundraiser

By | Thursday September 23, 2010 @ 4:12pm PDT

Beverly Hills – Announcing ”1 Voice”: A  Star Filled Evening of Entertainment in support of the embattled Motion Picture Home’s residents and its uncertain future. The Board of Directors of the Motion Picture & Television Fund (MPTF) is committed to closing the entertainment community’s historic nursing home and hospital in Woodland Hills, CA. The impending closure displaces Hollywood’s most frail and vulnerable residents from their campus home in the Long Term Care facility.

’1 Voice’ is a celebrity-packed evening to raise industry and community awareness of the resident’s plight. The NEO Ensemble Theatre is sharing an evening of all-star entertainment in support of the efforts of Saving the Lives Of Our Own, the advocacy group dedicated to keeping the residents in the Motion Picture Home and to preserving the MPTF’s historic mission and promise of “taking care of our own” to all entertainment industry workers.

The Los Angeles based non-profit theater company is producing an Evening of Monologues, Music and Memories on Tuesday, October 5, 2010 at 7:30 pm at the Renberg Theater at the Village, 1125 N. McCadden Place in Hollywood, CA 90038.

The evening will include scheduled performances and appearances by Richard Dreyfuss, John Schneider, Lorenzo Lamas, Kathryn Joosten, Gloria Loring, Esai Morales, George Chakaris, Dawn Wells, and Renee Taylor & Joseph Bologna. Also appearing are Shirley Jones & Marty Ingels, Bill Smitrovitch, Connie Stevens, Lou Ferrigno, Jerry Douglas, Kate Linder, James Intveld, Ben Henry, George Barris, Nic Novicki, and cast members of The Event, Young and the Restless, Bold

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MPTF Now Blaming Media For Law-Breaking

Reaction To MPTF State/Federal Violations
SHAMEFUL! California Public Health Finds MPTF Broke Laws

I have received a sickening statement from Bob Beitcher, the MPTF President/CEO, which redefines the term chutzpah. In it, he asserts, “The deficiencies asserted by the California Department of Public Health based on its annual ‘unannounced’ survey in June have been widely misreported in the industry news media and blogs.” That’s right, it’s all my fault! At the heart of Beitcher’s argument is that, hey, the California Public Health Department says the MPTF broke state and federal laws by transferring its acute care patients and making them sicker — but not to worry: that was an “unannounced” visit (which means MPTF didn’t have time to fool the inspectors). Plus, the MPTF is caring for even more frail patients (so what they did to the transferred patients doesn’t count). And the MPTF’s law-breaking was the result of only documentation errors so they are “tightening up procedures and re-training staff [for] lapses in administrative paperwork” (not bothering to actually give better care). I wish I were kidding. Here is what I emailed back to the MPTF’s PR people who gave me this nonsense: “Excuse me but I am not an idiot. I read the report and I know what it says. I misinterpreted nothing.”:

STATEMENT FROM BOB BEITCHER, MPTF President/CEO

The deficiencies asserted by the California Department of Public Health based on its annual “unannounced” survey in June have been widely misreported in the industry news media and blogs. As a result, the MPTF long-term care situation continues to be cast in the negative light created by the vocal family members of some of our residents. 

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Reaction To MPTF State/Federal Violations

SHAMEFUL! California Public Health Finds MPTF Broke Laws

Reaction is starting to come in about the new California Department Of Public Health inspection of the Motion Picture & Television Fund’s skilled nursing facility completed on June 4, 2010 citing the MPTF for rights violations and service failures. (The full report here.):

Ken Howard, President of Screen Actors Guild

The recent news regarding the legal violations attributed to the transfer of MPTF Long Term Care residents are troubling on many levels. Most importantly, these are our brothers and sisters in the entertainment industry who have entrusted their care to us. We cannot and must not abandon them. The entertainment industry has always set an example for the rest of the world on charity, diversity, and compassion. Now we have a chance to show how we tend to our own.

It wasn’t long ago that SAG took a vote that affirmed our support of the residents and family members who are fighting to keep the Long Term Care unit open. I urge all members of SAG and the entertainment industry to stand firm to the principles that founded the MPTF. “We take care of our own” has meaning to us all.


MPTF Family Council:

The Long Term Care Family Council has been standing up for the rights, health and emotional well-being of family members and industry colleagues living at the Motion Picture Home in Woodland Hills.

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SHAMEFUL! California Public Health Survey Finds MPTF Broke State & Federal Laws

This is a summary of the just released California Department Of Public Health inspection of the Motion Picture & Television Fund’s skilled nursing facility completed on June 4, 2010. The advocacy group Saving The Lives Of Our Own, which has been fighting the closing of the long-term care hospital and nursing home, compiled this summary and also has posted the full report here:

Illegal Transfers

After announcing its plan to close the facility, the Motion Picture Home moved dozens of its residents to other facilities without notifying any of the residents of their transfer and discharge rights – including their right to appeal the transfers – in violation of California and federal laws. The Home also failed to comply with its own relocation plan, which required it to provide 30 days advance written notice to residents and their representatives prior to any transfers initiated pursuant to the closure.

According to CDPH’s report, the Motion Picture Home’s Director of Social Services and Vice-President of Professional Services admitted that none of the transferred residents were notified of their rights. Prior to closure, California law requires nursing homes to develop and implement relocation plans in order to protect elderly residents from transfer trauma. (Note: Many of the transferred residents have since died.)

Severe Weight Loss

Inspectors found that at least three residents suffered severe weight loss without adequate response by the Motion Picture Home. (Note: Inspectors

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