The former president quipped that he doesn't live at the hospital, despite his numerous stays over the years.

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Houston Methodist Hospital is dedicating the atrium in the hospital's new tower to former President George H.W. Bush and his late wife, Barbara. Bush has been a patient at the hospital since April 22 as he recovers from an infection. (Steve Gonzales / The Associated Press)
Houston Methodist Hospital has named the atrium of a new building after former President George H.W. Bush and his late wife, Barbara.

Bush, 93, was admitted to the hospital with a blood infection April 22, the day after his wife"s funeral. Barbara Bush died at age 92 in the couple"s Houston home after she stopped treatment for chronic health issues.

The Bushes recently made a gift to Houston Methodist, according to a press release issued by the hospital. Officials declined to disclose the amount.


Bush, who remains at Houston Methodist while he recovers from the infection, said in a tweet that he is "quite moved" by the gesture. The former president also quipped that he doesn"t live at the hospital, despite his numerous stays over the years.

"The atrium is beautiful, but recent developments notwithstanding I have not taken up residence here," he tweeted. "The doctors, nurses and support staff are so nice, but the second I get the green light I"m outta here."


MethodistHosp. The atrium is beautiful, but recent developments notwithstanding I have not taken up residence here. The doctors, nurses and support staff are so nice, but the second I get the green light I’m outta here. https://t.co/VkWHmxzI6c

— George Bush (

The former president has had health problems in recent years. In April 2017, he was hospitalized with pneumonia and chronic bronchitis. A few months before that, he was treated at Houston Methodist for 16 days for pneumonia.

He also made a trip to a Maine hospital in 2015, when he broke a bone in his neck. The previous year, he was hospitalized in Houston for shortness of breath.


Houston Methodist has named the atrium in its new Paula and Joseph C. “Rusty” Walter III Tower...the Barbara and President George H.W. Bush Atrium in honor of the past president and beloved first lady. #khou pic.twitter.com/SqjddJjRJj

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Jim McGrath, a family spokesman, said Wednesday that Bush is regaining his strength at Houston Methodist and that doctors are satisfied with his progress.

McGrath had previously said that the former president hopes to go to Maine, where he has a summer home, this month.


MethodistHosp today as he continues to regain strength. His doctors are very pleased with his progress.

— Jim McGrath (

CORRECTION, 3:52 p.m.., May 4: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said that the Bushes donated $101 million to Houston Methodist Hospital. That was the amount donated by the Walter family.

Staff writer Dana Branham contributed to this report.


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Julieta Chiquillo, Editorial writer. Julieta is a member of The Dallas Morning News editorial board. She was born and raised in El Salvador and studied journalism at Texas Christian University. Julieta joined The News in 2010 as a reporter and has covered North Texas suburbs, Dallas County government and breaking news. She has also contributed to the paper's immigration beat.

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