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Application & Participating Hospitals

Ohio First Steps for Healthy Babies is a voluntary breastfeeding designation program that recognizes maternity centers in Ohio for taking steps to promote, protect and support breastfeeding in their organization.

A star is awarded for every two steps achieved in the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, as defined by the World Health Organization and Baby-Friendly USA. Hospitals can earn five stars as a part of this effort. The initiative encourages maternity centers across the state to promote and support breastfeeding one step at a time along with the option to select which steps, some or all, to adopt.

The Ohio Hospital Association and the Ohio Department of Health are pleased to announce the following hospitals have been awarded recognition from the Ohio First Steps for Healthy Babies Review Committee.

Application - Take Your First Step

The Ohio First Steps for Healthy Babies program recognizes hospitals for implementing the Ten Steps, using a modified application form. Hospitals can earn up to five stars, earning one star to every two steps achieved. Hospitals can choose which steps to implement and in which order. Applications are accepted on a quarterly basis. Additional instructions for applying can be found here. Applications are reviewed by a team of local content experts. For additional questions, please see the First Steps FAQ. All supporting documentation for applications can be sent to:

For hospitals applying for new steps:       
Application Link 
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For hospitals renewing previously awarded steps:             
Application Link
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Summary of application modifications effective July 2020.

Participating Hospitals - First Steps Program & Baby-Friendly Hospitals

The Ohio Hospital Association and the Ohio Department of Health are pleased to announce the following hospitals have been awarded recognition from the Ohio First Steps for Healthy Babies Review Committee. 

Congratulations to the Ohio hospitals that have achieved Baby-Friendly Hospital status. These hospitals are indicated with an (*) next to their name.
Five-Star Hospitals Four-Star Hospitals Three-Star Hospitals Two-Star Hospitals One-Star Hospitals
  • Aultman Orrville Hospital 
  • Cleveland Clinic Akron General*
  • Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital*
  • Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Hospital*
  • Firelands Regional Medical Center 
  • Galion Community Hospital
  • Genesis Hospital
  • Holzer Medical Center 
  • Kettering Health Washington Township
  • Lake Health TriPoint Medical Center*
  • Lake Health West Medical Center*
  • Licking Memorial Hospital*
  • McLaren St. Luke's Hospital
  • Mercy Health - Fairfield Hospital 
  • Mercy Health - West Hospital 
  • MetroHealth Medical Center
  • Miami Valley Hospital - Premier Health 
  • Miami Valley Hospital South - Premier Health 
  • Mount Carmel East 
  • Mount Carmel Grove City
  • Mount Carmel St. Ann's*
  • OhioHealth Doctors Hospital*
  • OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital 
  • OhioHealth O'Bleness Hospital
  • OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital  
  • OhioHealth Shelby Hospital
  • Pomerene Hospital 
  • ProMedica Bay Park Hospital
  • ProMedica Defiance Regional Hospital
  • Southern Ohio Medical Center  
  • Summa Akron City Hospital*
  • Summa Barberton Hospital 
  • University Hospitals MacDonald Women's Hospital*
  • University Hospitals MacDonald Women's Hospital on the Campus of St. John Medical Center 
  • University of Cincinnati Medical Center*
  • Upper Valley Medical Center - Premier Health
  • Wilson Health
  • Wooster Community Hospital
  • Adena Regional Medical Center 
  • Atrium Medical Center - Premier Health
  • The Christ Hospital Medical Center - Liberty Campus
  • The Christ Hospital - Mt. Auburn Birthing Center 
  • Clinton Memorial Hospital 
  • Fairfield Medical Center 
  • Highland District Hospital
  • Kettering Health Main Campus
  • Knox Community Hospital 
  • Lima Memorial Hospital 
  • Mercy Health - Anderson Hospital  
  • Mercy Health - St. Rita's Medical Center
  • OhioHealth Dublin Methodist Hospital 
  • OhioHealth Marion General Hospital 
  • ProMedica Flower Hospital
  • ProMedica Toledo Hospital
  • Soin Medical Center 
  • Southwest General Health Center 
  • University Hospitals Portage Medical Center 
  • West Chester Medical Center - UC Health
  • Wright-Patterson Medical Center
  • Community Hospitals & Wellness Centers - Bryan Hospital   
  • Fisher-Titus Medical Center
  • Grand Lake Health System
  • McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital
  • Memorial Health
  • Mercy Medical Center 
  • Mercy Health - Lorain Hospital
  • Mercy Health - St. Charles Hospital 
  • Mercy Health - St. Joseph Warren Hospital 
  • Mercy Health - Tiffin Hospital 
  • OhioHealth Berger Hospital
  • OhioHealth Grant Medical Center 
  • ProMedica Memorial Hospital 
  • St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital 
  • University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center 
  • Blanchard Valley Hospital
  • Cleveland Cinic Union Hospital
  • Fulton County Health Center
  • Mary Rutan Hospital 
  • OhioHealth Grady Memorial Hospital 
  • Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center 
  • Wood County Hospital  
  • Aultman Hospital 
  • Henry County Hospital 
  • Mercer Health 
  • The Bellevue Hospital
  • Wayne HealthCare