Former President Bill Clinton
Adam Jeffery | CNBC
Former President Bill Clinton was hospitalized Tuesday night for treatment for a non-Covid-related infection, according to his spokesman.
Clinton’s spokesman Angel Ureña said late Thursday the former president had been admitted to UC Irvine Medical Center in California.
Ureña announced Friday that “all health indicators are going in the right direction” and that Clinton will stay in the hospital overnight for more antibiotics.
“President Clinton remains in an excellent mood and is deeply grateful for the excellent care and good wishes sent by people from all over America and around the world,” said Ureña.
Clinton’s doctors previously said in a joint statement that he was hospitalized for “close monitoring” and given intravenous antibiotics and fluids.
“He will remain in the hospital for continuous monitoring,” said his doctors Alpesh Amin and Lisa Bardack. “After two days of treatment, his white blood cell count drops and he responds well to antibiotics.”
They said the California-based medical team is in “constant communication” with the president’s New York-based team, including his cardiologist.
“We hope he’ll go home soon,” the statement said.
President Joe Biden spoke to Clinton on the phone Friday afternoon, according to White House Assistant Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.
“President Biden and President Clinton look forward to seeing each other again soon. President Biden wishes President Clinton a speedy recovery, ”said Jean-Pierre.
Quoting a source close to Clinton, NBC News said the former president was in intensive care as a “precaution” the hospital was taking to isolate him – not because it was necessary as part of his treatment. The original infection was diagnosed as urological, but it became a broader infection, the source said, according to the NBC report.
Clinton, who is 75, also had a history of heart problems. In 2004, he underwent quadruple heart bypass surgery to relieve severely clogged arteries, according to NBC News. In 2010 he had another heart surgery that involved inserting two stents into a coronary artery.
Correction: This article has been updated to correct the date Clinton’s spokesman announced the former President’s hospitalization.