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First Steps for Healthy Babies Recognized 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.

 Five-Star Hospitals:

Atrium Medical Center - Premier Health
Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital*
Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Hospital*
Licking Memorial Hospital*

Mercy Health Anderson Hospital 
Mercy Health Fairfield Hospital
Miami Valley Hospital - Premier Health
Miami Valley Hospital South - Premier Health
OhioHealth Doctors Hospital*
OhioHealth O'Bleness 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


 Four-Star Hospitals:

Adena Regional Medical Center
Aultman Orrville Hospital
Firelands Regional Medical Center
Galion Community Hospital
Holzer Medical Center
Kettering Medical Center
Lima Memorial Hospital
Mercy Health - West Hospital
OhioHealth Dublin Methodist Hospital
OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital
Soin Medical Center
University Hospitals Portage Medical Center
West Chester Medical Center - UC Health


 Three-Star Hospitals:

Berger Health System
The Christ Hospital - Mt. Auburn Birthing Center
Clinton Memorial Hospital
Community Hospitals & Wellness Centers - Bryan Hospital
Fulton County Health Center 
Memorial Health
Mercy Medical Center
Mercy Regional Medical Center
Mount Carmel East
Mount Carmel St. Ann's
Mount Carmel West
OhioHealth Grady Memorial Hospital
OhioHealth Grant Medical Center
OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital
OhioHealth Marion General Hospital
ProMedica Defiance Regional Hospital
ProMedica Memorial Hospital
Southwest General Health Center
St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital
University Hospitals St. John Medical Center
Wilson Health
Wooster Community Hospital


 Two-Star Hospitals:

Cleveland Clinic Akron General
Fairfield Medical Center
Joint Township District Memorial Hospital
Knox Community Hospital
Lake Health TriPoint Medical Center
Lake Health West Medical Center
Mercy Health St. Charles Hospital
MetroHealth Medical Center
ProMedica Flower Hospital
ProMedica Toledo Hospital
St. Joseph Warren Hospital
St. Rita's Medical Center
Wood County Hospital
Wright-Patterson Medical Center


 One-Star Hospitals:

Ashtabula County Medical Center
Aultman Hospital
Blanchard Valley Health System
Henry County Hospital
Mary Rutan Hospital
Mercer Health
Mercy Health - Tiffin Hospital
ProMedica Bay Park Hospital
Summa Barberton Hospital
Union Hospital
University Hospitals Parma Medical Center
Wayne HealthCare


(*Baby-Friendly USA Designated Hospital)

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