Entertainment industry workers argue against closure of celebrity nursing home

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In yet another sequel to the story about Hollywood's nursing home, members of the entertainment community implored the head of the Motion Picture & Television Fund not to close the facility that has served generations of actors and film workers.

The group, Saving the Lives of Our Own, sent an open letter to MPTF board Chair Jeffery Katzenberg Thursday in response to two full-page ads the MPTF had taken out in an entertainment trade magazine. The ads sought to downplay the impact of the closing the MPTF-run long-term care facility and acute-care hospital. They said that the Motion Picture “home” would remain open, and that only the acute-care hospital and long-term care unit “services areas” would shutter. The facility is scheduled to close by the end of the year.

The group took issue with MPTF's categorization of the issue, arguing that the nursing home is the “heart and soul” of the facility. Its closure would betray the trust of those who rely “on the promise that long-term nursing care would be there for them as part of their continuum of care,” according to the letter.