I guess this health department is what one would expect from a city health department. The building is usually kept clean and there is good security. The parking is typically meters on the street. The elevator can be a little frightening and the offices are spaced out on many different floors. There is usually security at the front door and occasionally in the halls, though. The customer service is typical of government employees in the area.
Actually, to correct the other reviewer, it's St. John's Mercy that is known as the baby factory. The staff at St. Luke's is amazing, and they are one of two hospitals in the entire St. Louis metro area that offers LDRP rooms - so that the Mom and baby check out of the hospital in the same room they checked in. Definitely would be my first choice to deliver, if we moved back to St. Louis.
Unless you have NO other choice and it's life or death, do not go to SLU. After my car accident I was treated terribly by the doctors and staff, and left in the waiting room for hours after arriving by ambulance because my car had been totalled - no one made sure I had any kind of ride home and they did not fill my prescription in the hospital, although I had broken ribs.
There is nothing bad to be said about this facility - it is the BEST in the entire city, and always ranks in the top 10 in the country. It is the ONLY place I will take my kids. The waiting room caters to children, with gorgeous artwork and things to take your mind off the fact that you're in a hospital at all. The campus is gorgeous, beautifully landscaped and always clean. The staff is very nice to the children who come in and helpful in any way they can be.
Since it was Alexian Brothers, this hospital has been a family favorite. The quiet, attentive ER is a welcome change from the hustle and bustle of the major hospitals in St. Louis and it's a great place when you have a minor problem. The admitting staff is typically very nice and helpful, usually older women. The emergency room doctors have always been very helpful and understanding, and when my Father-in-law recently was transported there, they were great at calming him down and helping him to understand what was going on.
Never in a million years would I step foot into this hospital again. It is a nightmarish conglomeration of under-paid and under-staffed orderlies, nursing assistants, and RNs. The parking lot is downright dangerous to be walking through at night in that neighborhood. The admitting area is always filled with sick people, all waiting for someone to help them who could care less why they are there.
If you don't have a need for a major teaching facility in St. Louis, Des Peres is a great, out of the way little hospital that will serve all your needs. It seems that this little community hospital is the perfect place to go when your pediatrician says to take them in, just to be safe - when things are not a life and death situation. The staff is friendly and courteous, they typically do not have a huge wait, and it is a quiet, clean hospital.
Why on Earth would you go to Cardinal Glennon when Children's at Barnes Jewish is right down highway 40? Cardinal Glennon has nightmarish parking, slow, rude service, and are always undergoing some kind of construction. The Emergency Room area here is stocked with individuals who are in absolutely no rush to get your chid admitted or seen, and the wait is horrific since it is filled with children who have a cold and their parents want someone to take a look at them. Unless it's a dire emergency, and our child arrived by ambulance, I'd go elsewhere.
I don't disagree - if you have a major problem or if your kids have something going on, Barnes has the greatest resources and experts at their fingertips. However, if you have a quick emergency, DO NOT go here - the wait will make you wish you'd stitched it up yourself. The support staff in the ER clearly hates their jobs and wants to be sure that your day is as miserable as theirs.
It's so refreshing to not find stained, outdated, Wal-mart clothes in a resale shop. I love going to Purple Cow because I know that I will find the beautiful clothing I am searching for at a fraction of what it would cost new. This is not a "thrift" store like Goodwill - you get what you pay for. This store is always clean and kept nice and organize. The prices are a little higher than a thrift store, but they also take care to only buy high end items that are in excellent condition, so it's worth the price difference.