St. Luke’s Hospital Completes Purchase of Des Peres Hospital

Des Peres Hospital in St. Louis County was renamed St. Luke’s Des Peres Hospital on May 1, 2018, with the Chesterfield-based St. Luke’s finalized purchase from Tenet Healthcare Corporation. The acquisition included the Des Peres Medical Office Building and Tenet-owned physician practices in St. Louis.

The 143-bed Des Peres acute care community hospital has operated since 1974. Its staff provided medical services for surgeries, cardiology, surgical weight loss management, wound care, orthopedics and emergency care.

“St. Luke’s is the St. Louis area’s only independent healthcare provider, and we’re confident that welcoming St. Luke’s Des Peres Hospital into our family is a win for everyone,” said St. Luke’s President and CEO Christine Candio, RN, FACHE.

“Patients will have uninterrupted access to high-quality care. And our independent healthcare network will grow stronger, and have the opportunity to have a broader positive impact on the community as both hospitals and our talented team members build on each other’s strengths.”

Parkway Schools Designated a Best Community for Music Education

Parkway Schools were honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation for the district’s outstanding commitment to music education. Parkway is one of the five districts in Missouri to receive this designation.

The Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. To qualify for the Best Communities designation, Parkway answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

The Every Student Succeeds Act recommends music and the arts as important elements of a well-rounded education for all children. 

Frisella Nursery Celebrates 65 Years

Frisella Nursery, Inc., team members recently celebrated the nursery’s 65th anniversary. It was founded by Frank Frisella in 1953, starting with growing trees. The business became an award-winning, full-service landscape design and build firm with a 30-acre garden center.

The anniversary was celebrated with gardening demonstrations, workshops in honor of Earth Day, pollinator gardening instructions, planter design tips, food trucks and a live radio broadcast.

Healing Cancer through Art

St. Louis-based nonprofit organization Arts as Healing Foundation offers cancer patients and their caregivers an opportunity for creative expression by providing free art lessons and a variety of artistic and educational activities.

Some of these classes are held in Chesterfield at Art Unleashed, 13379 Olive Blvd. For class schedules, group projects and more details, call 314.640.5363.

The annual Arts as Healing Gala VII for fundraising is scheduled for July 14 at the Duane Reed Gallery, 4729 McPherson in St. Louis.

Chesterfield Police Department’s Drug Take Back Day

Between Chesterfield and Clarkson Valley volunteer turn-ins of prescription drugs, more than 330 pounds of expired or unused medication was turned in for safe disposal during the most recent Drug Take Back Day conducted by Chesterfield Police Department officers. At these events, residents can turn over unneeded prescription and over-the-counter (including pet) medications.

Portion of Monarch Levee Reopens at Long Road

Have you accessed the Missouri Greenway Monarch Chesterfield Levee trail near the pump station, just west of Boone’s Crossing, since it recently reopened?

Visitors can again park at the Taubmann Prestige Outlet and access the greenway via the connection at the western end of the parking lot or use Rivers Edge Park on the other side of the levee.

This Missouri Greenway offers three segments, which eventually will connect for a 17-mile loop.

A 5.5-mile segment goes from TOPGOLF St. Louis to the Chesterfield Valley Athletic Club and over the Missouri River to connect with the Katy Trail and the Busch Greenway. The greenway then goes another 3 miles to Centaur Road. A 2-mile segment also was completed on the Monarch Levee from Long Road to Baxter Road. A small parking lot is available off Eatherton.