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Detention hearing set for jailed hospital owner

Published: Saturday, April 20, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

CHICAGO – The jailed owner of Chicago’s Sacred Heart Hospital will learn if he’ll be freed on bail or if he’ll have to stay put behind bars pending trial.

Authorities arrested Edward Novak of Park Ridge earlier this week along with another hospital executive and four doctors in an alleged kickback conspiracy.

During an initial court appearance, a federal judge ordered that the 58-year-old Novak, the second executive and a doctor be held at least until a Friday detention hearing. The men will enter pleas later.

The investigation of the hospital is ongoing.

Among the allegations investigators are still looking at is whether some Sacred Heart patients were overly sedated and given unneeded tracheotomies to boost revenues.

No charges have been filed related to that allegation.

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