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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.

For hospitals applying for new steps:       
Application Link                 
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For hospitals renewing previously awarded steps:             
Application Link
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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
  • Atrium Medical Center - Premier Health
  • Aultman Orrville Hospital 
  • Cleveland Clinic Akron General*
  • Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital*
  • Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Hospital*
  • Firelands Regional Medical Center 
  • Licking Memorial Hospital*
  • Mercy Health Anderson Hospital  
  • Mercy Health Fairfield Hospital 
  • Mercy Health - West Hospital 
  • Miami Valley Hospital - Premier Health 
  • Miami Valley Hospital South - Premier Health 
  • Mount Carmel East 
  • Mount Carmel West 
  • Mount Carmel St. Ann's 
  • OhioHealth Doctors Hospital*
  • OhioHealth O'Bleness Hospital*
  • ProMedica Defiance Regional Hospital
  • St. Luke's Hospital 
  • Southview Medical Center - Kettering Health  
  • Summa Akron City Hospital*
  • University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center*
  • University Hospitals MacDonald Women's Hospital*
  • University of Cincinnati Medical Center*
  • Upper Valley Medical Center - Premier Health
  • Adena Regional Medical Center 
  • The Christ Hospital Medical Center - Liberty Campus
  • Galion Community Hospital
  • Holzer Medical Center 
  • Kettering Medical Center 
  • Lima Memorial Hospital 
  • MercyHealth St. Rita
  • OhioHealth Dublin Methodist Hospital 
  • OhioHealth Marion General Hospital 
  • OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital  
  • Soin Medical Center 
  • University Hospitals Portage Medical Center 
  • University Hospitals St. John Medical Center 
  • West Chester Medical Center - UC Health
  • Wilson Health
  • Wooster Community Hospital
  • Berger Health System 
  • The Christ Hospital - Mt. Auburn Birthing Center 
  • Clinton Memorial Hospital 
  • Community Hospitals & Wellness Centers - Bryan Hospital 
  • Fulton County Health Center  
  • Lake Health TriPoint Medical Center 
  • Lake Health West Medical Center 
  • Memorial Health
  • Mercy Medical Center 
  • Mercy Regional Medical Center 
  • Mercy Health St. Charles Hospital 
  • Mercy Tiffin Hospital 
  • OhioHealth Grady Memorial Hospital 
  • OhioHealth Grant Medical Center 
  • OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital 
  • ProMedica Bay Park Hospital
  • ProMedica Flower Hospital 
  • ProMedica Memorial Hospital 
  • ProMedica Toledo Hospital 
  • Southern Ohio Medical Center
  • Southwest General Health Center 
  • St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital 
  • Cleveland Cinic Union Hospital
  • Fairfield Medical Center 
  • Joint Township District Memorial Hospital 
  • Knox Community Hospital 
  • Mary Rutan Hospital 
  • MetroHealth Medical Center 
  • Mercer Health 
  • Pomerene Hospital 
  • St. Joseph Warren Hospital 
  • Summa Barberton Hospital 
  • University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center 
  • Wood County Hospital 
  • Wright-Patterson Medical Center 
  • Ashtabula County Medical Center 
  • Aultman Hospital 
  • Blanchard Valley Health System 
  • Fisher-Titus Medical Center
  • Henry County Hospital 
  • Southeastern Regional Medical Center 
  • University Hospitals Parma Medical Center 
  • Wayne HealthCare