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Patch Adams

Assistant Secretary of Health for Holistic Health
Branch: General Welfare
Current Location: Urbana, Illinois
Hometown: Washington, District of Columbia

Patch Adams M.D. was born May 28, 1945, into a military family. His father died from war in 1961. He had lived overseas and then moved to the south in 1961 and placed in an all-white school. Immediately he became a political activist for peace, justice and care for all people and nature. Patch entered medical school in 1967 – to use medicine as a vehicle for social change. Upon graduation he started the Gesundheit Institute, a radical hospital project to create a hospital that would address every problem of healthcare delivery in one model.This hospital eliminates 90% of the cost of modern health care delivery by functioning as a communal eco-village where all staff live and make the same salary. The hospital ran a pilot from 1971 to 1983 and saw 15,000 people. It is now building its fantasy hospital in West Virginia. Patch has lectured 200 to 300 days a year since 1985, in 70 countries on social political medical issues. He has nothing good to say about market capitalism. He loves the journey every day.