Hospital: Scalise now in serious condition after surgery
© Greg Nash

MedStar Washington Medical Hospital said House Majority Whip Steve Scalise's (R-La.) condition has improved from critical to serious and he continues to show signs of improvement after undergoing a third surgery Saturday. 

"Congressman Steve Scalise is in serious condition. He underwent another surgery today, but continues to show signs of improvement," the hospital said in a statement. "He is more responsive, and is speaking with his loved ones. The Scalise family greatly appreciates the outpouring of thoughts and prayers."

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According to the American Hospital Association, the serious condition classification is better than critical condition, and means a patient's status is "questionable" rather than "unfavorable."

Scalise was shot in the hip Wednesday morning when a gunman opened fire on the GOP congressional baseball practice in northern Virginia, hitting Scalise and three others. 

Doctors on Friday said Scalise arrived at the hospital "in critical condition with an imminent risk of death," but were "encouraged by his [current] condition."

Since the shooting, Scalise has undergone three surgeries and at least one other medical procedure.