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Bag Free Designation

First Steps for Healthy Babies, in partnership with the Ohio Breastfeeding Alliance and the Ohio Lactation Consultant Association, presented Maternity Care Best Practice Award 2018 Bag Free Recognition to hospitals for removal of free infant formula samples and formula company branded diaper bags and goods. This supports hospitals in progress towards practices that align with Baby Friendly USA certification requirements, as well as the overall goal of reducing infant mortality in Ohio.

About the Program

This recognition is for facilities that do not provide any formula company-sponsored gift/diaper bags, which often include formula and/or formula company-sponsored materials. This includes gifts with formula company logos, such as breastfeeding covers. Research has shown that distribution of formula marketing materials has been shown to decrease breastfeeding initiation and duration rates. 

Click below to see previously recognized hospitals:
2015 Hospitals
2016 Hospitals
2017 Hospitals

OHA, Ohio Department of Health, Ohio Lactation Consultant Association, and Ohio Breastfeeding Alliance are pleased to announce that the following hospitals have achieved recognition as being a "Bag Free" facility in 2018.

Bag Free Facilities - 2018

Adena Regional Medical Center
Atrium Medical Center
Aultman Orrville Hospital
Bluffton Hospital
Cleveland Clinic Akron General Medical Center
Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital
Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Hospital
Clinton Memorial Hospital
Community Hospitals & Wellness Centers - Bryan Hospital
Fairfield Medical Center
Firelands Regional Medical Center
Fisher-Titus Medical Center
Fulton County Health Center
Galion Community Hospital
Genesis Hospital
Henry County Hospital
Holzer Gallipolis
Joint Township District Memorial Hospital
Kettering Medical Center
Knox Community Hospital
Lake Health TriPoint Medical Center
Lake Health West Medical Center
Licking Memorial Hospital
McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital
Mercer Health
Mercy Health Anderson Hospital
Mercy Health Fairfield Hospital
Mercy Health – Tiffin Hospital
Mercy Health – Lorain Hospital
Mercy Medical Center
Mercy Regional Hospital
Mercy Health West Hospital
MetroHealth Medical Center
Miami Valley Hospital
Miami Valley Hospital South
Mount Carmel East
Mount Carmel St. Ann's
Mount Carmel West
OhioHealth Berger Hospital
OhioHealth Doctor's Hospital
OhioHealth Dublin Methodist Hospital
OhioHealth Grady Memorial Hospital
OhioHealth Grant Medical Center
OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital
OhioHealth Marion General Hospital
OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital
OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital
OhioHealth Shelby Hospital
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
ProMedica Bay Park Hospital
ProMedica Defiance Regional Hospital
ProMedica Flower Hospital
ProMedica Memorial Hospital
ProMedica Toledo Hospital 
Soin Medical Center
Southern Ohio Medical Center
Southview Medical Center
Southwest General Health Center
St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital
St. Joseph Warren Hospital
St. Luke's Hospital
Summa Akron City Hospital
Summa Barberton Hospital
The Bellevue Hospital
The Christ Hospital
The Christ Hospital Medical Center – Liberty Township 
Trumbull Memorial Hospital
UH Elyria Medical Center
UH Geauga Medical Center
UH MacDonald Women's Hospital
UH Parma Medical Center
UH Portage Medical Center
UH St. John Medical Center
Union Hospital
University of Cincinnati Medical Center
Upper Valley Medical Center
Wayne Healthcare
Wilson Health
Wood County Hospital
Wooster Community Hospital
Wright-Patterson Medical Center

Honorable Mention
The following facilities are commended for eliminating bags during 2018:
  • Mary Rutan Hospital
  • Pomerene Hospital