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Gracie Square Hospital

Located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, Gracie Square Hospital has offered compassionate, high-quality, evidence-based behavioral health care for over 60 years. Established by Richard, Larry, and Cynthia Zirinsky in 1958, Gracie Square was built on the core concept of focusing on the individual needs of each patient. We are proud to carry on the vision and legacy of the Founding Family, and we thank the Zirinsky Family for their continued support, generosity, and involvement.

Holistic & Patient-Centered Care

Today Gracie Square Hospital is the only freestanding inpatient mental healthcare institution in Manhattan and continues to be a leader in behavioral health. We take a holistic approach to treat each individual's mental health, employing immersive programming specially tailored to focus on the mind, body, and soul of each patient. Throughout treatment, our team collaborates with patients, their loved ones, and the networks that surround them — an approach we take to facilitate the recovery and return of our patients to their families and communities.

Volunteer Opportunities

Patient Care Units

Gracie Square Hospital has dedicated and specialized inpatient care programs tailored to meet the needs of patients from different cultural and religious backgrounds and age groups and those suffering from specific diagnoses. Based on a comprehensive and personalized assessment upon arrival at our hospital, we match patients with exceptional care providers equipped with the expertise, tools, and resources to provide compassionate short-term, individualized treatment in a caring and safe environment.

During each patient's hospital stay, our expert social workers plan for the transition to outpatient care and facilitate connections with community resources to promote recovery. Gracie Square Hospital's multifaceted interdisciplinary and targeted approach incorporates medications; individual, milieu, and group therapy; and/or therapeutic activities into treatment plans. We work together to promote wellness while providing patients with skills to reduce the risk of relapse and enhance function and independence. Specialized patient care programs include:

  • Crisis Stabilization Program for patients with mood and anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorders, and other psychiatric syndromes and who are in distress.
  • Affective (Mood) Disorders Program for patients with mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder.
  • Psychotic Disorders Program for individuals with acute symptoms of schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorders, as well as those with bipolar disorder with psychotic features.
  • Dual Focus Program for people with significant emotional or psychiatric problems plus abuse challenges. Many of these patients suffer from two co-existing illnesses. They may be treated either in mental health or addiction systems, or shuttled back and forth between them — an often unsuccessful approach. The Dual Focus Program addresses both psychiatric and addiction components through customized treatment plans. The team includes addiction-trained social workers.
  • Asian Psychiatry Program provides culturally appropriate services to members of Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and other Asian communities in need of inpatient mental health care. The program is directed by a culturally diverse clinical team and support staff who speak Mandarin, Cantonese, Chinese ethnic dialects, Korean, Japanese, and other Asian languages. Activities incorporate Asian influences and the unit is decorated with Asian art. Patients are served Chinese food and tea, and educational materials and newspapers are available in both English and Asian languages.
  • Young Adult Program for young adults ages 18-25 with emerging psychiatric disorders. Symptoms of major psychiatric disorders, including affective and psychotic disorders, often begin in the late teens or early 20s. The sooner treatment begins, the better outcomes will be.
  • Older Adult Program (Geriatric Service) for people age 65 and older with psychiatric disorders that require inpatient treatment. Team members have training in the care of older adults. Psychiatrists and internists on this unit are also knowledgeable about co-existing medical conditions that may cause psychiatric symptoms. They manage patients' psychiatric and non-psychiatric medications and pay careful attention to drug interactions.

Must be 18 years of age or older
Available daily, 7:00 AM-8:00 PM