(CBS/AP)-- Former President George H.W. Bush, who has been at Houston's Methodist Hospital since November due to complications from bronchitis, was moved from the intensive care unit to a regular patient room at the hospital today due an "improved" condition.
Bush's office announced the move in a statement: "President Bush's condition has improved, so he has been moved today from the intensive care unit to a regular patient room at The Methodist Hospital to continue his recovery. The Bushes thank everyone for their prayers and good wishes."
Mr. Bush was moved to to the intensive care due to what a spokesman described as a "persistent" fever. Despite worries that the move to the ICU signaled a turn for the worst, Bush's chief of staff Jean Becker told CBS News on Thursday that Bush "has every intention of staying put" and would ask well-wishers to "please put the harps back in the closet."
The former president, who is 88 years old, was hospitalized in November due to lingering complications from a bronchitis-like cough. He also suffers from a form of Parkinson's disease.
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