The Motion Picture and Television Fund (MPTF) announced today that it will immediately begin admitting additional industry members to the long-term care unit on its Wasserman campus in Woodland Hills.
The decision comes three years after a controversial decision by the fund to close the Woodland Hills facility and a campaign by the families of residents against that decision.
The fund had said at the time it had no choice but to close the facility, which was losing millions of dollars.
The fund said on Wednesday that its finances had begun to improve enough to expand the number of beds from the 29 now occupied to 40 beds.
First priority for admission will be given to former MPTF long-term care residents who moved off campus at the time of the announcement of the proposed closure of the unit in 2009, the fund said.
"We are excited to finally be able to bring more residents into long-term care," Bob Beitcher, president and CEO of MPTF said in a statement. "This will be a pivotal moment for current long-term care residents and their families, other campus residents, and staff. It will restore the continuum of care on campus everyone has been hoping for," Beitcher added.
"Our decision to admit additional residents at this time re-affirms not only our commitment to the MPTF mission but also to long-term care as a keystone service to our entertainment community," said Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation and Chairman of the MPTF Foundation.
MPTF's long-term care and dementia care units will continue to be exclusive to entertainment industry members.