Patch Adams

Patch Adams

Infobox Person
name = Hunter "Patch" Adams

caption = Adams in Anaheim, California, May 15, 2008
birth_date = birth date and age|1945|05|28
birth_place = Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

Dr. Hunter Campbell "Patch" Adams, M.D. (born May 28, 1945 in Washington, D.C.) is an American medical physician, social activist, citizen diplomat, professional clown, performer, and author. He founded the Gesundheit! Institute in 1972. Each year he organizes a group of volunteers from around the world to travel to various countries where they dress as clowns, to bring hope and joy to orphans, patients, and the people. In 1998 he also visited Bosnia, one of the Balkan Peninsula countries torn apart by the war that started after the break-up of Yugoslavia.

His life was the template for the plot of the film "Patch Adams", starring Robin Williams. Adams is currently based in Arlington, Virginia, where he promotes a different health care model (i.e. one not funded by insurance policies) in collaboration with the institute.

Early career

After attending Wakefield High School in 1963, Patch Adams completed pre-med coursework at the George Washington University. He began medical school without an undergraduate degree, and earned his Doctor of Medicine degree at the Medical College of Virginia, Health Sciences Division of Virginia Commonwealth University in 1973. In the late 60s, one of his closest friends (not his girlfriend as seen in the movie) was murdered. Convinced of the powerful connection between environment and wellness, he believes the health of an individual cannot be separated from the health of the family, community, and the world. While working in an adolescent clinic at MCV, in his final year of med school, he met Linda Edquist, a volunteer in the clinic and student at VCU. Soon after graduation, Patch, Linda, and friends founded the Gesundheit! Institute (originally known to many as the Zanies), which ran as a free community hospital for 12 years. He and Linda later had two children and separated in 1997. The elder, Atomic Zagnut Adams, was given a name indicative of Patch and his close friend Leo's personal laugh with life. His younger son's name is Lars Zig Edquist Adams.

Gesundheit! Institute

A revamped Gesundheit! Institute, envisioned as a free, full-scale hospital and health care eco-community, is planned on convert|316|acre|km2 in Pocahontas County, West Virginia. Its goal is to integrate a traditional hospital with alternative medicine--acupuncture, homeopathy, etc. Care will combine integrative medicine with performing arts, crafts, nature, agriculture, and recreation. The West Virginia location accepts seasonal volunteers through the website. The new hospital has not been built as Patch continues to seek funding. The current caretaker staff at the West Virginia land is actively developing educational programs in sustainable systems design targeted to medical students, university alternative break groups, and the general public. Several videos and books have also been produced including Patch Adams.

Since the 1990s Adams has supported [] the Ithaca Health Alliance (IHA), founded as the Ithaca Health Fund (IHF) by Paul Glover. In January 2006 IHA launched the
Ithaca Free Clinic, bringing to life key aspects of Adams' vision. Patch Adams has also given strong praise to " [ Health Democracy] ", Glover's book written and published the same year.

In October 2007, Patch Adams and the Gesundheit Board unveiled its campaign to raise $1 million towards building a Teaching Center and Clinic on its land in West Virginia. The Center and Clinic will enable Gesundheit to see patients and teach health care design.

Patch Adams was recently interviewed by Greater Good magazine, Greater Good Science Center. In this interview, Adams urges medical students to develop compassionate connections with their patients. His prescription for this kind of care relies on humor and play, which he sees as essential to physical and emotional health. Ultimately, Adams wants the Gesundheit! Institute to open a 40-bed hospital in rural West Virginia that offers free, holistic care to anyone who wants it.

He was awarded the Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience Award on January 29. 1997. [ [ The Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience Recipients List ] ]


External links

* [ Patch Adams official website]
* [ Holistic] - Holistic World Expo
* [ Adams brings his take on state of medicine to students] - Article on the speech that included the controversial statements
* [ Joy to the world! (Interview with Patch Adams)]
* [ COPATCH- Brazilian Group that Organizes Patch's trips to Brazil]
* [ Google video "Roda Viva" Brazilian t.v. interview. (Patch speaks after several minutes.)(1:hr 18:min.)]
* [ Google video "Conferenza con Patch Adams a Reggio Emilia" (1:00:12)]

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