LOS ANGELES, Calif., February 14, 2012 — The Motion Picture and Television Fund (MPTF), the 90-year old charity supporting Hollywood’s entertainment industry, announced today a first-of-its-kind affiliation with UCLA Health System and its Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital for a geriatric psychiatry unit on MPTF’s Wasserman Campus in Woodland Hills. The co-branded MPTF and UCLA geriatric psychiatry unit will provide both inpatient and outpatient services to persons 55 years and older with emotional or behavioral disorders. The unit will accommodate up to 12 patients and is anticipated to be fully operational, pending regulatory approvals, by the first quarter of 2013.
“This historic linkage with the UCLA Health System is another key piece in the larger
strategy we have developed for our organization,” said Bob Beitcher, CEO of MPTF.
“Among our many goals, we are focused on building a healthcare campus capable of
delivering a broad set of services to our industry members and, selectively, to the San
Fernando Valley community,” Beitcher concluded.
“UCLA feels privileged to contribute its world-class geriatric expertise to MPTF’s
storied campus,” said Dr. David Feinberg, president of the UCLA Health System.
“UCLA has enjoyed a long and productive relationship with the entertainment
community and this new affiliation will be a welcome extension of that,” Feinberg
MPTF and UCLA will co-brand the new unit. Its medical director will hold a faculty
position at the UCLA School of Medicine and participate in the academic and research
activities of the university as well. MPTF will provide the unit’s clinical caregivers and MPTF’s medical staff will collaborate with UCLA on the Wasserman Campus in the
integration of the practices of geriatric medicine and geriatric psychiatry for industry
members. In connection with MPTF’s social services program, an additional focus will
be the impact of psychiatric illness on caregivers and families.
“UCLA’s Department of Psychiatry is very pleased to be part of this extraordinary
affiliation with MPTF,” said Dr. Thomas Strouse, director of the Resnick
Neuropsychiatric Hospital. “We will be bringing specialized faculty and our state-of-theart geriatric psychiatry treatment program to the MPTF facility in Woodland Hills, and look forward to a creative alliance that will also encompass wellness, prevention, and
health maintenance clinical research activities,” Strouse added.
MPTF will make this new service available on a preferential basis to entertainment
industry members as well as to the community. The organization’s previously announced
40-bed long-term care unit and Harry’s Haven, MPTF’s 30-bed dementia care unit, will
remain exclusive to members of the entertainment community.
“The MPTF board is committed to management’s new healthcare roadmap, and we could
not have a higher regard for Dr. David Feinberg, Dr. Gary Small, Dr. Thomas Strouse,
and the UCLA geriatric psychiatry program,” said Casey Wasserman, MPTF board
member. “UCLA and this team represent the best possible partner for MPTF as it moves
into this new service,” Wasserman added.