Sacred Heart Hospital
Ed Novak called his West Side hospital “Sacred Heart.” But federal prosectors said they found a more suitable nickname: “Our Lady of the Bottom Line.”
A doctor accused of taking kickbacks in exchange for patient referrals to the now-shuttered Sacred Heart Hospital was cleared by a federal judge Wednesday.
U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly found Shanin Moshiri guilty of one count in an indictment that alleged he took a $2,000 check in March 2013 as part of what prosecutors called a “sham” deal designed to steer patients to the hospital.
He instructed his staff to “cover our asses.” But multimillionaire hospital owner Ed Novak’s behind was left nude and blowing in the breeze Thursday when he was convicted of masterminding a massive kickback scam.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services – an arm of the federal government which monitors hospitals – confirms for Newsradio that Sacred Heart Hospital has “discharged and/or transferred all of their patients effective today.”
Federal authorities have arrested the owner of Sacred Heart Hospital on the West Side, as well as another top executive and four doctors, for an alleged kickback scheme.