SOURCE: Motion Picture and Television Fund

Motion Picture and Television Fund

February 14, 2012 16:05 ET

MPTF and UCLA Health System Join in Geriatric Psychiatry Unit on Wasserman Campus

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - Feb 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 finished.

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 Neuropsychiatirc Hospital. "We will be bringing specialized faculty and our state-of-the-art 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.

About the Motion Picture & Television Fund
For 90 years, the MPTF has served as a beacon of hope for entertainment industry members in their time of need. As a charitable organization, the MPTF provides financial assistance and services essential to the wellbeing of the community and is a leader in the development and implementation of services and programs for seniors and those who care for them. The charity is supported by the generosity of corporate donors and fellow entertainment industry members who contribute their time and money knowing if they were ever in a tight spot, the MPTF would be there for them too. For more information, visit www.mptvfund.org.

About the UCLA Health System
The UCLA Health System, which comprises the UCLA Hospital System and the UCLA Medical Group and its affiliates, has provided the best in health care and the most advanced treatment options to the people of Los Angeles and the world for more than half a century. UCLA's preeminence in health care -- a strength that comes from the union of research, teaching and excellence in patient care -- continues to be recognized nationally, internationally and in numerous forums. Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, and UCLA Medical Center-Santa Monica (which includes the Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital) deliver hospital care that is unparalleled in California. Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center is consistently ranked one of the top five hospitals in the nation and the best in the western United States by U.S. News & World Report, and the UCLA Medical Group has been ranked among the best in Southern California for four successive years by the Integrated Healthcare Association. UCLA physicians and hospitals will continue to be world leaders in the full range of care, from maintaining the health of families to the diagnosis and treatment of complex illnesses.

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