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Healthcare Delivery with Patch Adams

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Healthcare Delivery with Patch Adams

Patch_Adams_282811452.jpgWhen Jane heard that Patch Adams was going to be a keynote speaker at the Beautiful Dying Expo  she knew she had to book him on The Next Room. Patch made a decision at the age of 18 to never have another bad day in his life. He focused his energy on 6 qualities for his life and they are: happy, loving, cooperative, creative, funny and thoughtful. He founded the Gesundheit Institute a 501 (c) 3 non-profit healthcare organization whose mission is to reframe and reclaim the concept of “hospital." Patch feels that clowning is a trick to get close to love. Join Jane and Patch this week as they discuss the bigger picture of healthcare delivery on The Next Room. 

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PROMO_PICTURE_133217717.jpgAfter he graduated from the Medical College of Virginia in 1971, Patch Adams began what would become his life-long mission: The Gesundheit Institute. The pilot project, which ran from 1971 through 1983, saw over 15,000 patients visiting his large 6-bedroom communal home, shared with friends, fellow doctors, and patients. To support this radical hospital, friends took outside work to support the love that comes from helping others. As the pilot drawn to a close, Patch realized he needed to make his dream hospital a reality. No one was going to “give” him a hospital – Patch had to go out into the world and find the hospital of his dreams. After 36 years, Patch remains energized and ready to take on the medical cure-focused for-profit industry.


 a free hospital that eliminates 90% of the cost of healthcare

 a hospital that isn’t filled with anxiety about how to treat patients

 a hospital that allows the doctors to connect with the patients at an intimate level

 a hospital that treats the care-givers and care-receivers as friends

 a hospital that welcomes complementary practices, rather than shuns them.

Patch lectures and performs over 200 days of the year. He has travelled throughout the world delivering his message of peace and love while challenging the audience to love and care about themselves, their community, and our planet. Every year, Patch leads 9 different missions to lead clowns into impoverished communities, war zones, refugee camps, and disaster areas. Patch’s dedication toward clowning has sparked a movement that has grown to independent clown groups in 120 countries.

Come, join the fun!


About Jane Asher:

Jane Asher has always been a natural connector who has enjoyed a successful career in media and the music industry, most notably at major radio stations in San Diego and Santa Barbara. Several years ago, she stepped away from terrestrial radio when Empower Radio reached out and asked her to create a show about her passion. The Next Room podcast was born.

Demystifying death daily, she interviews professionals and practitioners from diverse backgrounds about death, dying, grief, beliefs and cultural traditions surrounding the journey we all must ultimately make. The show airs across 11 platforms and has connected her with extraordinary people throughout this community. The Next Room has recently become the official podcast of the Beautiful Dying Expo.

Jane is also passionate about being involved in mission work. She has been part of a team for over five years that has built homes in Tijuana for families in need through Lutheran Border Concerns. She has traveled to El Salvador to feed the homeless, Malaysia to help build a school on Borneo, and Armenia to work with women and children in the small village of Amre Taza. Most recently, she was on a humanitarian mission in the Dominican Republic. 

Her book, The Next Room is a story transcending space and time, of a relationship between mother and daughter that grew stronger through death. Written together, by initially enlisting interpretation through a psychic medium, The Next Room takes us on a daughter's journey through learning eternal life lessons on forgiveness, grief, grace, gratitude, and the limitless love of all, God.

Jane lives in San Diego with her husband, Tom. She is now answering her passion-filled purpose and writing daily alongside her puppy and muse, Mamba.