Kudos to ST. LUKE’S HOSPITAL, which was named one of America’s ‘50 Best Hospitals’ for the second consecutive year by HealthGrades, a leading national independent health care ratings company. St. Luke’s is the only hospital in Missouri to receive the designation.

U.S. Ambassador GEORGE H. WALKER III has donated $10 million to WEBSTER UNIVERSITY, the largest single gift in the university’s 92-year history. The funds will benefit Webster’s School of Business and Technology. Walker has been affiliated with the university since 1974, when he joined the board, and has remained supportive of its international outreach programs.

Work on the new UNIVERSITY VILLAGE development on Brentwood Boulevard across from St. Louis Galleria has broken ground. When the project is completed in 2010, it will include a 10,000-square-foot retail building, 8,000 square feet of restaurant space, more than 600 new parking spots, a 158-room Homewood Suites by Hilton and a 213-room Westin Hotel. The existing University Club Tower will also get a face-lift. The project is being overseen by the SANSONE GROUP and EQUIS HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT.

The 25th anniversary celebration of THE FABULOUS FOX continues with the opening of a new visual display, PEACOCK ALLEY, on the theater’s fourth floor. When the Fox originally opened in 1929, PEACOCK ALLEY was an art gallery displaying paintings and statues collected by EVE LEO, WILLIAM FOX’s wife. Co-owner MARY STRAUSS and a creative team spent seven months designing and mounting the special exhibit. Now the public can see the fruits of their labor, which celebrates the more than 1,500 shows and stars who have appeared at the Fox since 1982.

Baby health…GEORGE PAZ, CEO of EXPRESS SCRIPTS, has been named the 2008 chair of MARCH FOR BABIES. The event, formerly called WalkAmerica, raises more than $1 million each year for the March of Dimes’ effort to improve the health of babies.

Smart idea! ST. LOUIS COMMUNITY COLLEGE’s new campus in Wildwood is totally green. It’s the largest community college facility in the country to receive a U.S. Green Building Council LEED Gold Certification. Sustainable features include T-shaped windows that allow more natural light, ceiling fans to enhance ventilation, plug-ins for electric cars in the garages, east-west solar orientation, low emission building materials, and huge cisterns that capture rainwater to be used for irrigation and drought-resistant landscaping.

STRAUB’S floral designer SCOTT HEPPER recently created an arrangement for HARVEY FIERSTEIN, who was in town to perform at the Touhill. He also has arranged flowers for HILLARY CLINTON and RICHARD DREYFUSS.

Congrats to ANHEUSER BUSCH, which received the prestigious JILL IRELAND AWARD FOR VOLUNTEERISM from SUSAN G. KOMEN FOR THE CURE. The award recognizes corporations that champion breast cancer efforts and inspire others to serve. A-B has been a sponsor of St. Louis’ Race For The Cure since its debut in 1999. More than 21,000 of its employees, friends and families participated in last year’s race.

Welcome to CHEF MARK VACHON, the newest restaurant chef at THE RITZ-CARLTON ST. LOUIS. He will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of The Restaurant, The Grill, The Lobby Lounge and the Cigar Club. Vachon joins The Ritz from The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge in Alberta, Canada. In other Ritz news, the hotel was again named one of the best in the world and the best business hotel in St. Louis for the third year in a row by Travel + Leisure magazine.

Congrats to DR GEORGE HRUZA, M.D., MBA, who was elected 2008 president of St. Louis Metropolitan Medical Society. Other officers include DR. ELIE AZRAK, DR. SAM HAWATMEH and DR. ROBERT BRENNAN JR.

Centennial Kudos: BRITH SHOLOM KNESETH ISRAEL (BSKI) congregation, located in Richmond Heights, is planning a series of special events to commemorate the congregation’s 100th anniversary and the joyful Jewish feast of Purim. A Purim Carnival on March 20 and a Masked Purim Ball on March 22 will highlight the festivities. For more information about the events, call 725-6230.