George H.W. Bush is out of the hospital after over two months of treatment. (Getty Images)

Former president George H.W. Bush has been released from the Houston hospital where he has been in treatment since November for a severe, bronchitis-like cough and, later, a persistent fever.

“Mr. Bush has improved to the point that he will not need any special medication when he goes home, but he will continue physical therapy,” said Dr. Amy Mynderse, the doctor in charge of the former president’s care.

“I am deeply grateful for the wonderful doctors and nurses at Methodist who took such good care of me,” Bush said in a statement. “Let me add just how touched we were by the many get-well messages we received from our friends and fellow Americans. Your prayers and good wishes helped more than you know, and as I head home my only concern is that I will not be able to thank each of you for your kind words.”

Bush was admitted to Methodist Hospital on Nov. 23, the day after Thanksgiving. He was expected to be released before Christmas, but during physical therapy he developed a persistent fever and was transferred to the hospital's intensive care unit. His illness was never considered life-threatening, although doctors were concerned his cough might develop into pneumonia.