Center City, MN (October 4, 2022)—Four days after Hurricane Ian—one of the strongest storms in U.S. history—made landfall in Southwest Florida, the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation has reopened its addiction and mental health care center in Naples and is welcoming back patients on site.
Hazelden Betty Ford is prioritizing readmission for those who were evacuated due to the hurricane and, once that group is settled, will begin admitting new patients again.
Staff worked throughout the weekend to clean up and secure the necessary resources to resume treatment services.
"The stresses of natural disasters can be overwhelming, so we knew our priority was to reopen as soon as safely possible," said Hazelden Betty Ford President and CEO Joseph Lee, MD. "I am grateful to the incredible team onsite in Naples for their hard work and commitment to get our doors open again."
The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is a force of healing and hope for individuals, families and communities affected by addiction to alcohol and other drugs. As the nation's leading nonprofit provider of comprehensive inpatient and outpatient addiction and mental health care for adults and youth, the Foundation has treatment centers and telehealth services nationwide as well as a network of collaborators throughout health care. Through charitable support and a commitment to innovation, the Foundation is able to continually enhance care, research, programs and services, and help more people. With a legacy that began in 1949 and includes the 1982 founding of the Betty Ford Center, the Foundation today is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in its services and throughout the organization, which also encompasses a graduate school of addiction studies, a publishing division, an addiction research center, recovery advocacy and thought leadership, professional and medical education programs, school-based prevention resources and a specialized program for children who grow up in families with addiction. Learn more at HazeldenBettyFord.org and on Twitter.