First Steps for Health Babies Recognized Hospitals

The 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
OhioHealth Doctors Hospital*

Fairview Hospital*
Hillcrest Hospital*
Licking Memorial Hospital*

University Hospitals - MacDonald Women's Hospital*
Medina Hospital*

Mercy Health - Anderson Hospital* 
Mercy Health - Fairfield Hospital*
Southview Medical Center*

Summa Akron City Hospital*
University of Cincinnati Medical Center*

 Four Star Hospitals:

Adena Regional Medical Center
Firelands Regional Medical Center
Kettering Medical Center
Lima Memorial Hospital
West Chester Medical Center

 Three Star Hospitals:

Community Hospitals & Wellness Centers - Bryan Hospital
OhioHealth Dublin Methodist Hospital
University Hospitals - Elyria Medical Center
Good Samaritan Hospital - Dayton 
OhioHealth Grant Medical Center
OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital
Memorial Health
Mercy Regional Medical Center
Miami Valley Hospital
Miami Valley Hospital South
Southwest General Health Center
Upper Valley Medical Center

 Two Star Hospitals:

Aultman Orrville Hospital
Berger Health System
The Christ Hospital
Clinton Memorial Hospital
Fulton County Health Center
Galion Community Hospital
Joint Township District Memorial Hospital
Knox Community Hospital
Mercy Health West Hospital
Mercy Medical Center
Mount Carmel East
Mount Carmel St. Ann's
Mount Carmel West
ProMedica Defiance Regional Hospital
St. Joseph Warren Hospital
St. Luke's Hospital
St. Rita's Medical Center
TriPoint Medical Center - Lake Health
West Medical Center - Lake Health
Wilson Health
Wood County Hospital
Wooster Community Hospital

 One Star Hospitals:

Akron General Medical Center
Ashtabula County Medical Center
Blanchard Valley Health System
Mercy St. Charles Hospital
The MetroHealth System
University Hospitals - Portage Medical Center
ProMedica Toledo Hospital
St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital
Union Hospital

(*Baby-Friendly USA Designated Hospital)

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