Friends Hospital

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Friends Hospital
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Location4641 Roosevelt Boulevard,
Frankford, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 40°1′36.25″N75°5′59.1″W / 40.0267361°N 75.099750°W / 40.0267361; -75.099750 Coordinates: 40°1′36.25″N75°5′59.1″W / 40.0267361°N 75.099750°W / 40.0267361; -75.099750
Area100 acres (40 ha)
NRHP reference # 99000629 [1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPJanuary 20, 1999
Designated NHLDJanuary 20, 1999
Friends Hospital
Psychiatric hospital
HeadquartersPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

Friends Hospital is a mental hospital located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States.

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Founded in 1813 by Quakers as The Asylum for the Relief of Persons Deprived of the Use of Their Reason, the institution was later renamed the Frankford Asylum for the Insane. It was the first private mental hospital in the nation, and is the oldest such institution with a continuous history of operation. Its campus, which dates to its founding, is a National Historic Landmark. [2]

Quakers family of religious movements

Quakers are members of a historically Christian group of religious movements formally known as the Religious Society of Friends, Society of Friends or Friends Church. Members of the various Quaker movements are all generally united in a belief in the ability of each human being to experientially access "the light within", or "that of God in every one".

National Historic Landmark formal designation assigned by the United States federal government to historic buildings and sites in the United States

A National Historic Landmark (NHL) is a building, district, object, site, or structure that is officially recognized by the United States government for its outstanding historical significance. Of over 90,000 places listed on the country's National Register of Historic Places, only some 2,500 are recognized as National Historic Landmarks.

Friends Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and licensed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.


The 1813 mission statement of the hospital was "To provide for the suitable accommodation of persons who are or may be deprived of the use of their reason, and the maintenance of an asylum for their reception, which is intended to furnish, besides requisite medical aid, such tender, sympathetic attention as may soothe their agitated minds, and under the Divine Blessing, facilitate their recovery."


The Quakers established Friends Hospital in 1813, drawing on a belief that all persons could live a "moral, ordered existence if treated with kindness, dignity, and respect", despite disabilities. The influential minister Thomas Scattergood decried what he considered the harsh conditions faced by patients in mental asylums; Scattergood instead called for the "moral treatment" of patients. This model served as an inspiration for the establishment of the Friends Asylum for Persons Deprived of the Use of Their Reason; it was the nation's first privately run psychiatric hospital. [3]


Patient Services:

Adolescent Program

  • A dedicated treatment program specifically design for young people 13-17 years of age.
  • 24 bed acute care psychiatric unit with separate wings for male and female patients (12 for males, 12 for females)
  • Private bedrooms with unit access to an enclosed outside courtyard.
  • Treatment of all major psychiatric disorders and co-occurring substance issues.
  • Holistic and patient centered approach, including regular group and family therapy, as well as individual therapy when indicated.
  • Individualized treatment, wellness and safety and discharge plans.
  • Academic support including an educational assessment and daily education instruction provide by a certified teacher. [4]

Adult Programs

  • Dedicated Adult Units offering a rand of programming design for the varied needs of patients ages 18 to 65.
  • Private patient bedrooms with unit access to an enclosed outside courtyard.
  • Treatment for all major psychiatric disorders and co-occurring substance issues.
  • Recovery-oriented approach emphasizing each patient’s own support systems, strength and community connections in collaboration in professional treatment.
  • Individualized treatment, wellness, and safety, and discharge plans. [5]

Older Adult Program

  • A dedicated treatment program specifically design for older adults.
  • Private patient bedrooms with unit access to an enclosed outside courtyard.
  • Treatment for all major psychiatric disorders, including behavioral symptoms related to dementia.
  • Treatment for co-occurring substance issues.
  • Holistic and patient centered approach, including regular group and family therapy, as well as individual therapy when indicated.
  • Age sensitive, individualized treatment, wellness, and safety, and discharge plans. [6]

Greystone Program at Friends Hospital Located on the grounds of the Friends Hospital, the Greystone Program is a long-term community residence designed to meet the special needs for individuals with severe and persistent mental illnesses. Consisting of two houses, Greystone House and Hillside House, the program is dedicated to helping its residents move toward recovery, greater independence, and an enhanced quality of life. The Greystone Program emphasizes the development of skills of daily living, socialization, purposeful activity, and recovery enables residents to realize their dignity, worth and highest individual potential. Many residents have chosen to make the Greystone Program their permanent home while other will successfully transition to a less structured environment. [7]

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  1. Listing at the National Park Service
  2. "NHL nomination for Friends Hospital". National Park Service. Retrieved 2017-03-20.
  3. Friends Hospital. "About Us". Friends Hospital Webpage. Retrieved 9 August 2012.
  4. Friends Hospital. "Adolescent Youth". Retrieved 9 August 2012.
  5. Friends Hospital. "General Adult". Retrieved 9 August 2012.
  6. Friends Hospital. "Older Adult". Retrieved 9 August 2012.
  7. Friends Hospital. "Greystone Residential". Retrieved 9 August 2012.