Former President George H.W. Bush on hand on Salute To Service day before the Houston Texans play the Buffalo Bills at Reliant Stadium on November 4, 2012 in Houston, Texas. (Bob Levey/Getty Images)
(USA Today) -- Former President George H.W. Bush has been in a Houston hospital for a week with a lingering cough that has drawn concern, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Bush, 88, has bronchitis, but his condition is not considered life threatening and he is expected to be released this weekend, Jean Becker, his chief of staff, tells the Chronicle.
She said his staff has "kept this quiet out of respect for him."
Becker tells the Chronicle that Bush has been in and out of Methodist Hospital for a few weeks. He was visited there Sunday by his son, former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura.
"His big problem is a chronic cough, he can't get rid of so he's back at Methodist," Becker says. "This is not a life-threatening illness."
She said earlier concerns that the cough would turn into pneumonia never materialized.
Bush served as president from 1989-1993. Before that he served as vice president for two terms under President Ronald Reagan.