Former President Gerald Ford was released from Eisenhower Medical Center on Wednesday, 12 days after he entered the hospital with pneumonia, his chief of staff said.

Ford, 92, returned to his Thunderbird Estates home before noon, spokeswoman Penny Circle said.

"He is doing well," she said in a brief statement. "President Ford, Mrs. Ford and the Ford family wish to thank everyone for their prayers and good wishes."

The nation's oldest living former president and his wife, Betty, have lived in Rancho Mirage since leaving the White House in 1977.

Ford was admitted to Eisenhower Medical Center on Jan. 14. He was initially expected to return to his nearby home five days later. The Fords have been intensely private and the only information released about his condition came in brief news releases.

The nation's 38th chief executive was hospitalized briefly last month for routine tests. At the time, he was suffering from a bad cold.

Ford had a minor stroke during the 2000 Republican National Convention and was hospitalized after a dizzy spell on a golf course in 2003.