Help build the Patch Adams Teaching Center & Clinic

In October of 2007, Patch Adams and the Gesundheit Board unveiled its campaign to build a Teaching Center & Clinic in West Virginia. The Center & Clinic will enable Gesundheit to see patients again and teach health care system design: the necessary work to change our health care system. Please continue to support us. When you give to Gesundheit, expect change back!

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About Patch Adams

clownsPatch Adams is best known for his work as a medical doctor and a clown, and he is also a social activist who has devoted 40 years to changing America's health care system. He believes that laughter, joy and creativity are an integral part of the healing process. Read more >

Patch's Blog

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 11:39 — Patch

Dear friends,

Did you see who was recently running around in my underwear? The President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa!

I’ve just returned from Ecuador, where 20 clowns from...

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 09:10 — Patch

Wow! I was recently sent a couple articles about two doctors who are the representatives of a medical profession dedicated to caring for people. What I don't understand is why...

Thu, 06/21/2012 - 07:07 — Patch

I just finished reading to Susan the newly released reprint of the short stories: Berlin Stories by Robert Walser. Previously I had read and loved his novel,...


CLOWNING & CARING IN COSTA RICA: EXPANDED PROGRAM • August 31- September 7th, 2014 Discover the two new extraordinary activities! Add music to your own clowning with “One Woman/Man Band” workshop, and help us bring alternative education to an immigrant area under stress with "SOMOS Carpio - WE ARE Carpio"

30TH ANNUAL RUSSIA CLOWN TOUR • Nov 7-22nd, 2014 Join us in Moscow & St. Petersburg to explore and exchange performance, community and culture in hospitals, orphanages, and nursing homes. No experience required! Register Now.

Gesundheit! News

INTERNATIONAL BELEN FESTIVAL 111 volunteers from 16 nations came together August 7-17, 2013 in Iquitos, Peru for the 8th annual Belén Festival for 10 days of celebration, play, work, education, friend-making, clowning and care. Read more >

THE EDUCATION OF COMPASSION Read the initial proposal to develop a full curriculum in compassionate care. Read the update on the proposal from Patch Adams MD here >


PATCH ADAMS CLINIC IN PHILADELPHIA Located in a low-income Philadelphia neighborhood, this clinic will provide community-based health care that is genuinely non-profit, preventive, humane and fun. It is a refuge for doctors and nurses who want time to heal patients. It is a refuge for patients who want to be treated with dignity. Read more >

Sister Projects

STATEMENT FROM HELEN CALDICOTT Long-time friend of Patch and Gesundheit, advocate of planetary health, campaigner against nuclear weapons and power. Read her reflections on the crisis in Japan >

CAMP WINNARAINBOW • Mendocino County, California Wavy Gravy's circus and performing arts camp in California, where Patch Adams teaches "clown philosophy" every summer. Watch Taylor Reed Branson's promo video >