MPTF Reaffirms Commitment to Long-Term Care

October 7, 2011
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Once again, the future of long-term care at the Motion Picture & Television Fund is a subject of great interest in the blogosphere. I wish we were flattered by all the attention we’ve gotten in the past day! As a considerable amount of time has passed between our announcement in February that we had entered into a non-binding letter of intent with Providence Health & Services and today, without any definitive outcome to the negotiations, it isn’t surprising that there is speculation as to what’s going on.

As the Fund’s CEO I feel compelled to reiterate to you that the Motion Picture & Television Fund is not only committed to keeping its long-term care facility open but also continues with its plans to work with other parties to provide additional, much needed hospital services on the Wasserman campus. While the specifics of the previously announced relationship with Providence Health & Services are changing, we feel confident that there is a solid plan in place that will accomplish our goals of maintaining long-term care on the Wasserman campus, expanding other hospital services on campus by leveraging our facilities, and living within our financial means. To reflect our confidence in a positive, sustainable outcome, we have completed the demolition necessary to begin an extensive re-model of the Pavilion that will provide a wonderful new space for long-term care for industry members sometime before the end of the first quarter of 2012. Construction should commence within the next month as we obtain final approvals from regulatory authorities and finalize the budget.

We are not yet ready to present the new program as legal discussions are ongoing, so all we can do at this point is ask you to take a deep breath and extend us a little of your trust and confidence that the outcome will be positive for our campus residents, the industry members we serve in so many capacities, and the charitable mission of the MPTF. No matter what you thought of this organization two years ago when we announced the planned closure, today we’re a very different group with a very different philosophy of leadership and charitable purpose. From the Board to management and staff alike, we are fully committed to serving the entertainment industry and its members in times of need and fulfilling the mission set for us by our founders 90 years ago.

Thank you for your continued support!

About Bob Beitcher


Bob Beitcher is the President and CEO of the Motion Picture & Television Fund. He has been a senior executive in the entertainment industry for 30 years, having held leadership roles at Jim Henson Productions, Paramount Pictures, Panavision and MacAndrews & Forbes Media Group. Bob has been an MPTF board member since 2007. He became interim CEO in 2010 and was named permanent CEO in 2011.

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18 Responses to MPTF Reaffirms Commitment to Long-Term Care

  1. SMITTY on October 7, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    Well done Mr. Beitcher.  Your timely and heartfelt communications are greatly appreciated by our MPTF community.   

    • Bob Beitcher on October 9, 2011 at 9:01 pm

      Dear Smitty,

      Thank you for your kind words!

      Bob

  2. Carolyn Shelby on October 7, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Thank you, Bob. – Carolyn Shelby

    • Bob Beitcher on October 9, 2011 at 9:07 pm

      Dear Carolyn,

      Thank you for noticing!

      Regards,

      Bob

  3. iBewildered on October 8, 2011 at 8:32 am

    if the fund is so short of money how can it afford to construct another  building when it had a perfectly serviceable one in the first place.

    • Bob Beitcher on October 9, 2011 at 9:00 pm

      Dear iBewildered,

      The previous home for the Motion Picture long-term care unit was, by anyone’s standards, not really suitable for our industry members.  The building was constructed in the 1960’s and not upgraded since then.  With our commitment to continuing in long term care, we felt obligated to make the necessary changes to turn this older building into a unit that we can all be proud of.  We are working with our fundraisers to find one or more generous donors to support the extensive remodeling we have planned. 

  4. Frantastic1224 on October 9, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Thank you for your newsletter.  I contributed weekly to the MPTF  for over thirty years and was outraged by what happened. I  felt betrayed by a worthy program I felt would be there for me when it was my time for care and senior living.  I broke both my wrists over two years ago and was terribly disappointed that I could recover at the MP Hospital.  A facility was found for me in Canoga Park and Doreen Delgado was a life saver.  

    I hope refurbishing the older living areas is also on the Home’s future agenda. 

    I wish you and th MPTV fund good luck.  Your letter inspired my to be come a regular contributor again to the MPTV fund.  I hope I never have to move into a senior living facility but we never know what lifethrows at us.

    Fran Zell

    • Bob Beitcher on October 9, 2011 at 9:07 pm

      Dear Fran,

      I appreciate the encouraging words and hope that we will be there for you in the future when you need us.  Doreen is an absolute angel and I’m glad that she and the Fund were there for you.  One of our “secret weapons” is our community care teams that visit our industry members in the community as Doreen did with you.

      Yes, we are looking at some of the older living areas as well.  One thing at a time, though, and we are now making our way through remodeling the Pavilion for our long term care residents.

      Thank you for returning as a regular contributor to the Fund.  I hope your message reaches others in the community to understand the importance of every industry member doing something to support the Fund.  It is “by the industry” and “for the industry.”

      Regards,

      Bob

  5. Jasmine Marie Lhossein on October 9, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Finally a great news that will bring all the members a little more Peace.Thank you for caring about all the members that make it possible for the whole world to be entertained our hard work is apreciated.
    Thank you  Bob Beitcher may God Bless you, some of us will not have any family left by the time we will be old and we were wondering where we would go if we would become totally disabled.
    Jasmine Marie Lhossein
    local 724&80

    • Bob Beitcher on October 9, 2011 at 8:57 pm

      Dear Jasmine,

      Thank you for your kind words.  We are just trying to be good stewards of an organization whose purpose was set out very clearly 90 years ago — to take care of members of the entertainment industry in their time of need. 

      Bob

  6. Bob Beitcher on October 11, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Richard,

    There are blogs and there are news articles and this time we had a little of both! I’ve gotten so accustomed over the years to reporters calling and asking for information on the stories they’re covering that I’ve forgotten that that’s no longer necessary. I thought the piece in the award-winning The Wrap, based on real reporting, was well done, by the way.

    We’re taking your advice and working hard to get to definitive agreements. Stay tuned!

    Bob

  7. CarrieSpecht on October 11, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Shared this on the Facebook page (and will be sharing on the website) for ClassicFilmSchool.com. Looking forward to more good news.

    • Bob Beitcher on October 12, 2011 at 9:57 am

      Dear Carrie,

      Thanks for getting the word out!

      Bob

  8. Bob Beitcher on October 11, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    Richard,

    There are blogs and there are news articles and this time we had a little of both! I’ve gotten so accustomed  over the years to reporters calling and asking for information on the stories they’re covering that I’ve forgotten that that’s no longer necessary. I thought the piece in the award-winning The Wrap, based on real reporting, was well done, by the way.

    We’re taking your advice and working hard to get to definitive agreements. Stay tuned!

    Bob

  9. Melody Sherwood on October 11, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    A sincere thank you. Bob, for affirming the MPTF’s renewed commitment to its founding mission.  You say the MPTF is a very different group today than it was two years ago with a different philosophy of leadership and charitable purpose. A very different group in position of power is just what the doctor ordered.  Wishing you every success in guiding the Fund back to its original purpose with all of us in the industry working together to help achieve that goal.                

    • Bob Beitcher on October 12, 2011 at 9:56 am

      Dear Melody,

      Thanks for your words of encouragement and support.  I hope you see and feel the transformation in our organization and continue your vigilance in reminding us when we go off track.  “All of us in the industry working together” is music to my ears — that’s essentially where the Fund started, what we’re trying to get back to, and where we need others to advocate on our behalf.  First step, though, is getting you on board with MPTF as an organization that is yours, and that’s where we are right now.

      Regards,

      Bob

      • Melody Sherwood on October 12, 2011 at 10:37 am

        I am on board and believe the Fund is “ours”.  It belongs equally to everyone in the industry.  Look forward to feeling, once again, that the MPTF is the pride of our Hollywood family and that the 90-year vision of its founders continues for generations to come.  “We take care of our own” is Hollywood at its finest.

        All the best,
        Melody     

  10. Scanlon Gail on February 1, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Very well done. A most reassuring update. Kudos.

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