RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. -

The Betty Ford Center admitted its 100,000th  patient late last week, a spokesman said.

      The number represents the total admitted to the addiction treatment  hospital's inpatient, residential day treatment, intensive outpatient and  family programs since the center opened on Oct. 4, 1982, according to spokesman  Russ Patrick.

      The former first lady, who founded the center in 1982 and died in July  2011 in Rancho Mirage, insisted that half the treatment beds at her namesake  center be reserved for women. It "seems appropriate that the person admitted  as our 100,000th patient is a woman," said Mary Pattiz, who chairs the  center's board of directors.

      Thousands of children ages 7 to 12 who participate in the center's  children's program aren't included in the 100,000 figure. The youngsters, who  aren't addicts but are exposed to addiction in their families, learn about  addiction, treatment and recovery, Patrick said.

      President and CEO John Schwarzlose commended the center's 240 staff  members.

      "We have very little turnover in our staff," he said. "That's highly  unusual in the addiction treatment field. Our staff represents the best of the  best."