Visitor Information - Betty Ford Center, Rancho Mirage

Visiting a loved one in addiction treatment?
The care, love and support of family and friends is vital to the healing and recovery of your loved one. The privacy, respect and safety of your loved one and all of our patients is of the utmost importance.

Nearby Lodging
For your convenience a brief listing of local hotels is provided below. Select hotels on this list offer discounted rates to visitors of the Betty Ford Center. If you do choose to stay at one of these hotels, please be sure to mention that you will be visiting the Betty Ford Center in order to secure your special rate.

Courtyard Marriott
74895 Frank Sinatra Dr.
Palm Desert, CA 92211

Embassy Suites Hotel
74700 Hwy 111
Palm Desert, CA 92260

Hilton Garden Inn
71700 Hwy 111
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

Holiday Inn Express
74675 Highway 111
Palm Desert, CA 92260

Homewood Suites
36999 Cook St.
Palm Desert, CA 92211

JW Marriott Resort & Spa
74855 Country Clubs Dr.
Palm Desert, CA 92211

Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa
41000 Bob Hope Dr.
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

Residence Inn by Marriott
38305 Cook St.
Palm Desert, CA 92211

Renaissance Esmeralda
44400 Indian Wells Ln.
Indian Wells, CA 92210

Travel Info
We suggest purchasing an open-ended airline ticket that permits date changes in the event you decide to extend your stay. Palm Springs International airport is the closest airport to Betty Ford Center (approximately 10 miles).

Interstate 10 to Bob Hope exit (south), take Bob Hope Drive (6 miles), Eisenhower Medical Center will be on the left-hand side of Bob Hope Drive. Upon entering Eisenhower Medical Center campus you will find sign kiosks providing direction to Betty Ford Center. Follow signs to the security gate of Betty Ford Center.
Visitor Expectations
Hours are Sunday from 12 p.m.-4 p.m. Visitors will need to check in at the front desk.

Visitors are advised that if they are bringing items for a patient, these items must be checked in with the hall technician.

Visitors are asked to leave cameras, family pets and home baked goods at home.

Visitors are not allowed to smoke on campus at any time.

Visitors are not allowed to bring cell phones, laptop computers, iPads, or any other electronic devices on campus for visitation.
Contacting Patients
In most circumstances, we ask that contact with a patient be limited to the designated phone and email times on weekends and to the visiting time on Sundays. The treatment day is very full and we like to help our patients stay focused on their treatment and the progress they are making. Provided we have a signed Authorization to Release Information on file, a staff member may contact family and friends if a problem arises or if something out of the ordinary occurs. Contact from the Center is limited during a patient treatment stay, we encourage family and friends to remember the old adage, no news is good news, and trust that things are progressing as they should.

Should the need arise for you to call into the Center to speak with staff, please be aware that we will need to verify that we have a signed Authorization to Release Information to you on file. Callers will also be asked to provide the patient's privacy code. This is a code that is generated at the time the patient is admitted. Each patient is asked to designate a family member as their Privacy Code Representative and this family member is asked to distribute the code amongst friends and family. Before releasing information to any caller, staff will make sure that we have BOTH a signed Authorization to Release Information on file and that the caller has provided the correct privacy code. This is done to ensure that we are fully protecting all patient's privacy.

Telephone Access

This is between 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 p.m. Sunday. Each patient is allotted two, 15-minute times on Saturday and two, 30-minute times on Sunday. The calls will be coming from 1-760-340-3911.

Computer Access

This is between 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 p.m. Sunday. The best way for family and friends to leave non-emergency messages for a patient is via the patient's personal email. They will have a 30 minute time slot on both Saturday and Sunday to check and respond to email using Betty Ford Center computers. Use of personal laptops is not allowed.

Mail and Packages

Patients can receive incoming mail and send outgoing mail. Please address all mail or packages to your loved one by using their legal name (no nicknames, please).

Any packages or gifts that you're sending into the Center will be opened in the presence of a staff member. We do this for the protection of our residents as some food, cosmetics and all outside medications can cause problems. Only food in pre-sealed packages will be allowed. Movies, magazines, recreational reading or business materials, caffeinated products and home-cooked foods are not allowed.

General mail address:

(Patient's LEGAL Name)
P.O. Box 1560
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

Address for carriers that do not accept P.O. Boxes (Federal Express, UPS):

(Patient's LEGAL Name)
Betty Ford Center (or BFC)
39000 Bob Hope Drive
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

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39000 Bob Hope Drive
Rancho Mirage,  CA  92270