HOUSTON — Former President George H.W. Bush is improving but remains in a Houston hospital for treatment of a stubborn bronchitis-related cough.

Methodist Hospital spokesman George Kovacik said Tuesday the 88-year-old former president had a good day Monday but doctors are being “extra cautious and are in no hurry to send him home.”

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He’s listed in stable condition.

Bush has been in the hospital since the day after Thanksgiving. The same illness put him in the hospital for about a week in early November. It’s described as not life-threatening but painful when the ex-president coughs.

Bush and his wife, Barbara, live in Houston during the winter. They spend summers at their home in Kennebunkport, Maine.