Former President George H. W. Bush's condition has improved and he has been moved from an intensive care unit to a regular patient room, according to a spokesman.

"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," Bush spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement on Saturday.

Bush has been hospitalized over the past few weeks while fighting complications from a persistent case of bronchitis.

Earlier in the week, McGrath said that Bush had been battling a slightly elevated fever. Doctors have remained optimistic about the former president, even though McGrath admitted "when you go in the ICU I think it's inherently a serious situation."

On Friday Bush's chief of staff said the former president's fever did not appear life threatening.

"Is he sick? Yes. Does he plan on going anywhere soon? No. He has every intention of staying put," Jean Becker, the chief of staff, said.