Bestselling author of Gesundheit! and House Calls: How We Can All Heal the World One Visit at a Time. Founder of The Gesundheit Institute, a non-profit healthcare organization whose mission is to reframe and reclaim the concept of ‘hospital’. A world-renowned innovator with an engaging style and approach to healthcare, healing, self love, and happiness. The real-life inspiration behind the massive Hollywood hit of the same name, Patch Adams M. D. is known all around the world as a healthcare professional, social activist and hilarious entertainer. For more than four decades he has been promoting his philosophy that the best healthcare needs laughter, joy and creativity to be an integral element for successful healing. Patch has a vision of a healthcare system in which patients get all the time they need from their doctors and the two interact on a basis of mutual trust. He believes that conventional and alternative therapies should be blended into one holistic healing process, delivered with joy. This philosophy is delivered with resounding success at the Gesundheit Institute in West Virginia, and Patch aims to see it rolled out across the USA and around the world. The success of the Gesundheit Institute has led to plans for a model healthcare facility to be built on a 310 acre site in Pocahontas County, West Virginia. In recent years Patch has temporarily stopped practicing medicine in order to raise funds for this revolutionary project, which will include a 40 bed hospital, theater, arts and crafts shops, horticultural projects and vocational therapy. Five million dollars are needed to fulfill this dream; by inviting Patch to speak you are not only guaranteed a hilarious and thought-provoking evening but you are also investing in one of the most exciting healthcare projects in the world. Patch Adams, M. D., is an internationally known speaker on wellness, humor, and joy. He approaches the issues of personal, community, and global health with “zestful exuberance,” according to Time Magazine. Dr. Adams believes that “the most revolutionary act one can commit in our world is to be happy.”“Extraordinary! A man I can look up to and respect,” “Incredibly mind blowing and memorable,” and “Inspiring, amazing human being- invaluable to hear first- hand,” are all testimonies of people who have had the chance to hear Dr. Patch Adams, the real man behind the hit Hollywood film Patch Adams. Patch is a medical doctor, a clown, and a social activist who has devoted 30 years to changing America’s healthcare system. He believes that laughter, joy and creativity are integral parts of the healing process. Doctors and patients in his model relate to each other on the basis of mutual trust, and patients receive plenty of time from their doctors. Allopathic doctors and practitioners of alternative medicine work side by side in Patch’s model. If you think that all sounds like a utopian impossibility, it isn’t! Patch and his colleagues have practiced medicine at the Gesundheit Institute together in West Virginia that way for 43 years in what Patch refers to as their “pilot project. Through the success of this program at the West Virginia location, a model health care facility is being planned on 310 acres purchased in Pocahontas County, WV. The Institute will include a 40-bed hospital, a theater, arts and crafts shops, horticulture and vocational therapy. Over five years ago, Dr. Adams temporarily stopped seeing patients so that he could coordinate plans for raising the $5 million needed for the Institute’s permanent and expanded home, a “model health care community.” When you bring Patch to speak, you’re supporting this dream!