Motion Picture and Television Fund decides to keep open long-term care facility

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The board of the Motion Picture and Television Fund announced Wednesday that it’s reversed a decision to close its long-term care facility in Woodland Hills. Many people with relatives there had challenged the plan to shut it down.

For more than seven decades, the fund took pride in “taking care of our own": the aged performers, craftspeople and others who once upon a time made Hollywood’s movie and TV studios hum. That care includes a retirement home and a 250-bed hospital for people who needed long-term health services.

The hospital cost a lot to operate, and two years ago the Motion Picture and Television Fund board decided that the charity couldn’t afford to keep it open. The decision provoked an uproar among the people who relied on the fund to care for their relatives – and among those who support it through payroll deductions.

Under the new agreement, Providence Tarzana Medical Center will offer skilled nursing, palliative care and other specialized services at the long-term care facility. UCLA Health Systems will also create a neurological rehab unit on the site.

The new arrangement is subject to regulatory approval, and the parties didn’t specify the costs involved.