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State regulator fines Motion Picture Home -- again

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LA Times
Richard Verrier
March 3, 2011

The Motion Picture & Television Fund, which operates the Motion Picture Home, a nursing home and hospital for retired entertainment industry workers in Woodland Hills, continues to be dogged by questions about the quality of care.

California's Department of Public Health recently assessed a $10,000 fine against the fund for failing to prevent multiple falls by an Alzheimer's patient at the facility.

The patient fell seven times from Feb. 3 to May 17, 2010, fracturing a left shoulder and pelvic ring, according to a report on the incident.

The accident is one of several that have raised questions about the facility's level of care in the months after the fund announced plans to shut down the nursing home and hospital. Many residents refused to leave, and the board has since reversed its decision and is working on a plan to turn over the operation to Catholic hospital chain Providence Health & Services.

Last year, the agency imposed a $7,500 fine against the fund for failing to prevent a serious head injury sustained by an 87-year-old resident. The state also is investigating the death of an 89-year-old wheelchair-bound patient who fell down a staircase at the long-term care facility.

"During the past 15 months the Long Term Care Resident Family Council has written many letters to fund administrators detailing the MPTF's increasingly inhospitable organizational culture, which resulted in falls, injuries and even death among our family members,'' said Dean Butler, a member of the council, which advocates on behalf of the nursing home's residents. "Our concerns were routinely dismissed as inaccurate, irrelevant and disruptive ... However, the emerging pattern of Department of Public Health fines against the MPTF is public confirmation that our concerns have been both justified and accurate."

Representatives of the fund were not immediately available for comment.

-- Richard Verrier