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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: General Hospitals, Health

Mission: Foster the development and practice

Programs: The west virginia facility embodies the philosophy of a free, home-style hospital (to be built) and health center intended as a model for caregivers and hospitals, and serves as a center for service learning, volunteerism, and community service. The organization hosts events focused on education at this site in the form of medical student electives, summer institutes, health care system design intensives, and conferences. In 2010, after a 3-year donation campaign for building funds, excavation began on the construction of a 25,000 square foot teaching center and clinic.

patch adams, md, gives workshops, lectures, and theatrical presentations spreading the news about holistic lifestyles, community, the joy of caring, the joy of service, and the healing power of humor.

the gesundheit global outreach program consists of international clowning missions to hospitals, orphanages, schools, psychiatric facilities, nursing homes, and special needs facilities. These clowning missions also include humanitarian aid, building projects, and community development around the world. The goal of the international travel program is the improvement of health of individuals and communities in crisis from sickness, war, poverty and injustice. In 2013, gesundheit hosted six global

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3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Amy Michelle P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son has adhd odd and dmdd he needs more help than I thought I could get for him at one point he was locked in a room doing puzzles on a floor 2 hours a day that was his 3rd grade education he is so smart better than that he is so strong beautiful smart creative I love him more than life but now with courts involved you are my only hope everything is going to be o.k. please help me



Rating: 5

After seeing the film, Patch Adams, I wrote to Dr. Adams telling him how much the movie meant to me, and I included a very small donation to his organization. I have a very low income, so the gift was quite small, but it was the best I could do. He personally wrote back quite a letter, thanking me for my donation, asking how I was doing and telling me he was on a plane to Belen Peru to help the people there. I then sent a gift-in-kind, and received another delightful postcard from Patch, along with a suggestion of a book I could read that would help me with a medical condition I had been experiencing. The suggestions in the book allowed me to discontinue some meds I had been taking. I sent the amount that I would have spent on the medicine to Gesundheit!. His office staff are all just as kind and sweet and joyful as he is. When you deal with Gesundheit! you are more than a donor or a client or a volunteer, you are a treasured friend. And they do so much with so little, and they have NO DEBT at all! I highly recommend giving to this organization.

Review from Guidestar


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was injured several years ago and had a lot of bad doctors who just made my problems worse because at the time of injury, I had no insurance. Because of being misdiagnosed and having some symptoms ignored, I am now disabled. Over the past 8 years, I contacted hundreds of organizations for help so I could get better medical care as my resources dwindled into nothing, and not a single one of them could be bothered to even respond at all. Not a single word - with one exception. Dr. Hunter "Patch" Adams was the only one who was kind enough to take the time out of his busy schedule to call me personally and HE apologized to ME for the problems I was having and that his facility was not yet open and available to help me. He spoke with me on the phone for several minutes trying to help me figure out other options. I truly believe he and his foundation are the very last of the TRUE humanitarians that seek to actually HEAL people to HELP them, unlike most of the clinic doctors I've had the misfortune of dealing with who prefer to over prescribe medications that cause harm to mask symptoms instead of healing the patient in order to keep their clients and keep lining their pockets. Dr. Adams and his Gesundheit Institute truly deserve to be noted at the very Top of your humanitarian list of Non-Profit Health Care Organizations.