December 13, 2005

President Ford’s hospital stay “routine”

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former U.S. President Gerald Ford,
92, was in a California hospital for tests on Tuesday but his
office said the admission was routine and indicated his stay
would be brief.

Ford's office said in a statement that the former president
"was admitted to Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage,
California. He is undergoing medical tests and will be released
when they have been completed."

"It is just routine," a spokeswoman told Reuters. She
declined to give details but said a statement would be issued
when Ford was released.

Ford suffered a mild stroke in August 2000 and was
hospitalized briefly in 2003 after suffering dizzy spells while
playing golf in the desert heat near Palm Springs.

Doctors and friends said at the time that Ford, an avid
golfer and former college football player, was in excellent
health generally.

Ford took office in August 9, 1974, when Richard Nixon
resigned amid the Watergate scandal. Nixon had named Ford as
vice president to replace Spiro Agnew, who also had stepped

In 1976, Ford lost the presidential election to Democrat
Jimmy Carter. Ford later served on several corporate boards and
toured the lecture circuit before retiring to the California
desert community of Rancho Mirage, near Palm Springs.

White House spokesman Scott McClellan said he did not have
any additional information on Ford's condition. "We wish
President Ford well and a speedy recovery," he said.