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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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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
  • Lake Health TriPoint Medical Center*
  • Lake Health West Medical Center*
  • Licking Memorial 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 Grove City
  • Mount Carmel St. Ann's 
  • OhioHealth Doctors Hospital*
  • OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital 
  • OhioHealth O'Bleness Hospital*
  • OhioHealth Shelby Hospital
  • ProMedica Defiance Regional Hospital
  • Southern Ohio Medical Center
  • Southview Medical Center - Kettering Health  
  • St. Luke's Hospital 
  • Summa Akron City Hospital*
  • Summa Barberton 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 
  • Atrium Medical Center - Premier Health
  • The Christ Hospital Medical Center - Liberty Campus
  • Clinton Memorial Hospital 
  • Fairfield Medical Center 
  • Highland District Hospital
  • Holzer Medical Center 
  • Kettering Medical Center 
  • Knox Community Hospital 
  • Lima Memorial Hospital 
  • Mercy Health - Anderson Hospital  
  • Mercy Health - St. Rita's Medical Center
  • MetroHealth Medical Center
  • OhioHealth Dublin Methodist Hospital 
  • OhioHealth Marion General Hospital 
  • OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital  
  • Pomerene Hospital 
  • ProMedica Bay Park Hospital
  • Soin Medical Center 
  • Southwest General Health Center 
  • University Hospitals Portage Medical Center 
  • University Hospitals St. John Medical Center 
  • West Chester Medical Center - UC Health
  • Wilson Health
  • Wooster Community Hospital
  • The Christ Hospital - Mt. Auburn Birthing Center 
  • Community Hospitals & Wellness Centers - Bryan Hospital   
  • Genesis Hospital
  • McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital
  • Memorial Health
  • Mercy Medical Center 
  • Mercy Health - Lorain Hospital
  • Mercy Health - St. Charles Hospital 
  • Mercy Health - Tiffin Hospital 
  • OhioHealth Berger Hospital
  • OhioHealth Grady Memorial Hospital 
  • OhioHealth Grant Medical Center 
  • ProMedica Flower Hospital 
  • ProMedica Memorial Hospital 
  • ProMedica Toledo Hospital 
  • St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital 
  • University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center 
  • Cleveland Cinic Union Hospital
  • Fulton County Health Center
  • Joint Township District Memorial Hospital 
  • Mary Rutan Hospital 
  • Mercer Health 
  • Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center 
  • St. Joseph Warren Hospital 
  • Wood County Hospital 
  • Wright-Patterson Medical Center 
  • Aultman Hospital 
  • Blanchard Valley Hospital
  • Bluffton Hospital
  • Fisher-Titus Medical Center
  • Henry County Hospital 
  • Wayne HealthCare