History of Friends Hospital

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1800

A Journey Through Time

Facility grounds - Scattergood Facility

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.

1813

Founded by Quakers

Facility grounds - Our Pathway outdoors

Friends Hospital founded by the Quakers and originally called “The Asylum for Persons Deprived of the Use of Their Reason.

1830

Pet Therapy

Friends Hospital - Animal Program

As a forerunner to pet therapy, small animals such as rabbits and lambs are introduced into patients’ exercise areas as testing had shown that such animals are familiar and comforting.

1879

First Greenhouse

Facility grounds - Greenhouse building

Friends Hospital builds its first greenhouse to enhance its commitment to the art and science of horticulture.

1889

First Female Physician

Female Doctor assessing patient needs

Anna Broomall, M.D., joins the staff as a consulting doctor, making Friends Hospital among the first to accept women psychiatric physicians.

1889

First Institutional Gym

Friends Hospital Grounds - Scattergood building

Friends Hospital opens the nation’s first institutional gymnasium.

1894

First Two-Year Training School

Friends facility grounds - Walking Path

One of the first two-year training schools for nurses who wished to specialize in mental health opened on the Friends Hospital campus. It was unique for including certifications in both general and psychiatric nursing. The first class of two men and four women graduated in 1896.

1922

Hygeia Building

Friends facility grounds - Hygeria Building

The Hygeia Building (named for the Greek goddess of health) is built specifically to offer hydrotherapy as a treatment alternative. Hygeia also housed a natural science museum, photography room and nurses’ quarters.

1970

Bonsall and Tuke

Friends facility grounds - Bonsall & Tuke building

Bonsall and Tuke Buildings are completed, allowing the hospital to provide care for 192 individuals.

1979

Friends Accredited by APA

American Psychology Association

Friends Hospital becomes accredited as a training site by the American Psychological Association.

1980

Greystone Program

Friends facility grounds - Greystone Program

The Greystone Program, a residential treatment program for adults, opens on hospital grounds.

1999

National Historic Landmark

Friends facility grounds signage

Friends Hospital is designated a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior.

2010

Recovery-Oriented Inpatient Unit

Friends facility grounds - Recovery Unity

Friends Hospital designs and opens Philadelphia’s first recovery-oriented inpatient unit.

2011

FIRST at Friends

Friends facility interior - Front desk

The FIRST at Friends clinical model is implemented.

2012

200-year Anniversary

Friends facility grounds - Admissions

Friends Hospital kicks off its 200-year anniversary celebration.

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