The Motion Picture and Television Fund’s hospital and nursing home in Woodland Hills will be closing by the end of this year. The statement issued on the fund’s website credits “declining demand and challenging economic outlook,” as well as their yearly $10 million budget deficit, as the impetus for this and other changes facing their delivery of health care services. They estimate that 290 jobs will be eliminated.
The non-profit Motion Picture & Television Fund was created by such industry luminaries as Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and D.W. Griffith in 1921 as a charitable resource for economically challenged industry professionals. Years later, it became a benefit for those working in film or television production based on years of service. The MPTF will continue to provide community-based care and current residents of the Woodland Hills facility will be relocated.
Very sad news for the residents, patients, and employees.
Call to artists to help fill the clinic walls with art.
East Valley Community Health Center (EVCHC) is having a grand opening celebration for their new clinic. There will be several speakers and local dignitaries present. Of course there will be refreshments. All of the RSVP details are after the jump. Scheduled speakers are Congresswoman Hilda L Solis (32nd Dist of CA), County Supervisors Michael D Antonovich an Gloria Molina.
Mila Arroyo of the EVCHC showed up a recent MAFA meeting. It isn’t uncommon for people to show up asking us for help. This visit touched me. EVCHC is a non-profit that managed to build a huge new clinic to serve the poorest of the poor in the San Gabriel Valley. The last bit they needed help with was to bring cheer to the building and their patients. She came to MAFA asking if the artists would be willing to help by lending or donating art to them.
I was in. Mila didn’t have to sell me with the healing power of art and a happy environment is better than sterile beige walls. They needed the help and that was enough. I donated the art as I understand how hard it is to keep walls full with loaned pieces.
East Valley needs artists to help them out where they can. Personally I know there are many artists out there who have a piece or two sitting in storage somewhere waiting for their next show. Rather than having it collect dust it can be brought out, shared and brighten up EVCHC’s halls and lobby. The art can be loaned or donated. If you donate the EVCHC will give you a letter at your stated value for your taxes next year. Continue reading East Valley Health Center new clinic opening reception 10/22→