EXCLUSIVE: I’ve just received confirmation of what I’ve suspected since September 4th: the Motion Picture And Television Fund’s pact for Providence Health & Services California to take over the acute care hospital and intensive care nursing facilities is no more. That’s right, the deal has fallen through whose existence I scooped back in on February 23rd, and then announced with such fanfare, called for Providence to broaden and expand healthcare services to the entertainment industry on the storied Wasserman Campus in Woodland Hills.
However, an MPTF insider tells me tonight that there’s a “better alternative” on the way and that any rumors about the facilities “closing [are] not true”. I know that several major Hollywood moguls have been and still are working behind-the-scenes to find a way to keep servicing acute care patients.
But as of this week, employees and staff of the hospital began telling family members that the Providence deal has collapsed and there is nothing in place to keep it open. So basically the MPTF is back in the same mess it was starting in 2009 when the first announcement was made about the MPTF’s decision to close its acute care hospital and intensive care nursing facilities because they were losing $10 million a year. This became a huge Hollywood story with major ramifications for everyone who considered the MPTF as their safety net in times of sickness and old age. And it underscored how, with all the enormous wealth in showbiz, that the community couldn’t or wouldn’t look after its own better than this.
I understand that the grassroots activists who fought so hard and long to keep the facilities from shuttering have not been officially told yet about this terrible development. Who is served by keeping this secret? Certainly not the patients or their loved ones. (more…)