Ohio Hospital Newswire


Ohio Hospitals Earn New Healthy Babies Program Recognition




Fourteen Ohio hospitals have earned new recognition through the latest round of the Ohio First Steps for Healthy Babies initiative sponsored by the Ohio Hospital Association and the Ohio Department of Health.
Ohio First Steps is a voluntary breastfeeding designation program that recognizes maternity centers in Ohio for taking steps to promote, protect and support breastfeeding in their organization.
Hospitals are awarded one star for every two steps achieved of the World Health Organization’s and Baby-Friendly USA’s Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding. Hospitals can earn a total of five stars.
The complete list of the 77 recognized First Steps hospitals can be found here.
Newly-recognized Hospitals
  • ProMedica Bay Park Hospital – 1-star
  • ProMedica Flower Hospital – 1-star
  • Wayne HealthCare – 1-star
Hospitals Advancing in Recognition
  • University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center – 5-star
  • Aultman Orrville Hospital – 4-star
  • Mercy Health West Hospital – 4-star
  • Mercy Regional Health Center – 3-star
  • ProMedica Memorial Hospital – 3-star
  • St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital – 3-star
  • MetroHealth Medical Center – 2-star
  • OhioHealth Marion General Hospital – 2-star
  • ProMedica Toledo Hospital – 2-star
  • University Hospitals Portage Medical Center – 2-star
  • Wright Patterson Medical Center – 2-star
Hospitals continue to earn additional stars for achieving new steps. The next round of applications for hospitals is April 1. For questions about the program, contact Ryan Everett at
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