Welcome to Friends Hospital

On 100 beautiful acres in Northeast Philadelphia stands Friends Hospital, one of America’s oldest hospitals and the first private non-profit institution in the country, founded exclusively to help persons with mental illness. When people come onto the grounds of Friends Hospital, we want them to feel that they have left the city and entered a quiet refuge where the process of healing the mind has taken place for nearly two centuries.

A commitment to excellence in psychiatric diagnostics, research, treatment and education is at the core of Friends Hospital’s approach to treatment today. We strive to blend advancing medical treatments with a compassionate and supportive environment. This approach has earned us the distinction as one of Philadelphia’s top mental health facilities and the only inpatient psychiatric hospital in Pennsylvania to achieve Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® from The Joint Commission for four years in a row.

Using the principles of wellness and recovery, our multidisciplinary treatment teams, including psychiatrists, psychologists, registered nurses, social workers, expressive arts therapists, and other mental health specialists, provide individualized care to meet each patient’s unique needs. Call 800-889-0548 to learn more.

How to prepare your kids for life on their own ahead of college

August 2018 — Dr. Karriem Salaam, Medical Director of the Adolescent Unit at Friends Hospital, appears on Fox 29 Good Day Philadelphia discussing the importance of building Resiliency in college kids as they head off to school (5-minute news segment – live on air). View the video below: 







A Journey Through Time

Located on a beautiful 100-acre campus, Friends Hospital, the nation’s oldest private psychiatric hospital, continues to offer a quiet refuge where healing has taken place for nearly two centuries. Friends Hospital offers a continuum of care including level of care assessments; specially designed inpatient units for adolescents, adult and older adults; and a private residential rehabilitation program.


The Greystone Residential

Located on the grounds of Friends Hospital, the Greystone Program is a long-term community residence designed to meet the special needs of individuals with severe and persistent mental illnesses.



Councilman Taubenberger, former Friends Hospital employee presents Michael McDonald, CEO of Friends Hospital and … read more


Friends Sponsors Innovation Conference

Friends Hospital was pleased to sponsor the Scattergood Foundation Innovation Conference held at WHYY Studios on October 30 and October 31. More than 150 national and local health leaders met to focus on the challenges of behavioral health innovation and forge unique collaborations to support these initiatives.


About Us

Today, Friends Hospital still operates under its original mission and, using the modern principles of wellness and recovery, strives to provide patients with the tools they need to understand and manage their illness. Helping patients gain and maintain a sense of balance and accomplishment is an important step on the pathway to wellness and recovery.


FIRST At Friends

“FIRST at Friends” is a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach to treatment. Using evidenced–based best practices, this approach centers psychiatric care and treatment around the concepts of FIRST – (F) family, (I) individual, (R) recovery, (S) strengths and (T) trauma-informed care. The patient, his/her loved ones and the treatment team work together to develop an individualized plan to assist the patient on the path to recovery.