Ex-Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge released from hospital

Tom Ridge
FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2011, file photo, former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge speaks to a crowd of hundreds protesting in front of the White House in Washington. A spokesman says Ridge is in critical condition after undergoing an emergency heart procedure at a hospital in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

AUSTIN, Texas (WHTM) – Former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary and Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge has been discharged from a Texas hospital where he had been recovering from a heart attack on Nov. 16.

Ridge on Tuesday was transferred from Seton Medical Center Austin to a nearby rehabilitation facility where he will focus on regaining his strength.

“I am making great progress, feeling much better and am looking forward to the rehab which will be an important part of my recovery,” Ridge said in a statement. “I so admire and respect my new Texas friends, but I’m ready to head back north. And they are probably ready to get rid of me.”

“The many medical professionals at Ascension’s Seton Healthcare Family, who looked after me with such care and compassion, will never truly know what they have meant to me and my family. We will be forever grateful.”

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