This two organizations are already working together on the geriatric psychiatry unit at MPTF’s Wasserman Campus in Woodland Hills.
“We couldn’t have found a better partner than UCLA Health System to future-proof the provision of high-quality health care for our entertainment industry community — care that they deserve and have come to expect from our doctors,” said Bob Beitcher, CEO of MPTF. “UCLA has committed to operating the health centers exclusively for the use of industry members, with the same physician group and same clinical staff at the same locations. This is a winner for all stakeholders.”
The agreement calls for the UCLA Health System to assume the leases for the MPTF sites, and all 43 primary care physicians at the clinics would join the UCLA Faculty Practice Group.
The MPTF noted that all other MPTF programs and services, including all levels of residential care, the 40-bed long-term care unit, the 30-bed memory impairment unit and all social services programs will still be solely operated by MPTF.
The new outpatient health system will be co-branded by the two organizations and receive strategic direction from an advisory panel with equal representation from both organizations.
The move comes nearly five years after the MPTF’s January 2009 announcement that rising costs amid the recession would force it to shutter its long-term care unit, which had 136 patients at the time, as well as its acute-care hospital — leading to bizzers questioning the fund’s commitment to its stated goal of “taking care of our own.”
But the MPTF restructured, brought in in Beitcher in 2010, began admitting new patients last year for the first time in three years and launched an aggressive $350 million fundraising campaign headed by Jeffrey Katzenberg and George Clooney.