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 Urena said late Tuesday the former president had been admitted to UC Irvine Medical Center in California.
“He is on the mend, in a good mood and is incredibly grateful to the doctors, nurses and staff who take excellent care of him,” Urena said in a statement.
Clinton’s doctors said in a joint statement that he was hospitalized for “close monitoring” and given him 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.
NBC News, citing a source close to Clinton, said the former president was in intensive care as a “precaution” the hospital was taking to isolate him, not because it was required 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.