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Fatherhood & Partner Engagement

Launched in 2022, Ohio First Steps, in partnership with the Ohio Commission on Fatherhood, proudly recognizes hospitals for engaging fathers and partners in the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding. Hospitals who have been awarded steps through the First Steps program can apply for this designation for any step they have already successfully achieved.

About the Program

This designation is to recognize hospitals who support family breastfeeding goals by engaging with fathers and partners in the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding. For hospitals who have already been awarded steps through the First Steps program, they can apply for this designation for those awarded steps. Hospitals can be designated Bronze (1-3 steps), Silver (4-6 steps), Gold (7-9 steps), or Platinum (all 10 steps). 

For hospitals who are interested in applying for this designation, this designation has been added as a component of the regular application process. Application links and information can be found here.

OHA worked in 2021 to assemble resources for hospitals interested in engaging more with fathers and partners:
          Father/Partner Resource GuideClick here

Participating Hospitals - Fatherhood & Partner Engagement

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. 
Platinum (all ten steps)
Gold (7-9 steps)
Silver (4-6 steps)
Bronze (1-3 steps)
  • Henry County Hospital
  • University Hospitals MacDonald Women's Hospital
  • Galion Community Hospital
  • Holzer Gallipolis
  • Kettering Health Main Campus
  • Kettering Health Washington Township
  • Memorial Health
  • Mercy Health - West Hospital
  • Aultman Orrville Hospital
  • Community Hospitals & Wellness Centers - Bryan Hospital   
  • Knox Community Hospital
  • Lima Memorial Hospital
  • Mercy Health - Lorain Hospital
  • OhioHealth Dublin Methodist Hosptial
  • Pomerene Hospital
  • The Christ Hospital Medical Center - Liberty Campus
  • Upper Valley Medical Center
  • Wilson Health
  • Wooster Community Hospital
  • Adena Regional Medical Center
  • Atrium Medical Center
  • Joint Township District Memorial Hospital
  • Mercy Health - St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital
  • Mercy Health - St. Joseph Warren Hospital
  • Mercy Health - St. Rita's Medical Center
  • Mercy Health - Tiffin Hospital
  • Miami Valley Hospital
  • OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital
  • OhioHealth Marion General Hospital
  • OhioHealth Grant Medical Center
  • OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital
  • ProMedica Bay Park Hospital
  • ProMedica Defiance Regional Hospital
  • ProMedica Toledo Hospital
  • University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center
  • Wood County Hospital