FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Patch Adams Speaks in Philadelphia
to Promote Free Clinic Here
40 years, Patch Adams has insisted that all people deserve the best
health care. He travels the world to show that full healing
both body and soul.
the dynamic doctor-clown whose life story was featured in the movie
starring Robin Williams, is inviting Philadelphia to host the first
free clinic to serve in his spirit and name, beyond the Gesundheit!
Institute in rural West Virginia., say local organizers.
He will be speaking in Philadelphia on July 23
(Drexel University College of Medicine, Geary Auditorium B; 245 N.
15th; 6:30pm) and July 24
(Mercy Neighborhood Ministries; 20th & Venango;
6:30pm). Admission is free.
The Patch Adams Free Clinic at Philadelphia, then, proposes to be
healing-and-laughter "health campus" is preparing to build a
solar-oriented structure surrounded by orchards, gardens, greenhouses,
playgrounds and parkland.
to the preliminary floor plan, the clinic's waiting room will be a
wildly decorated Relaxing Room, with soothing live music,, "couches and
cots and clowns." The plan shows spaces for exams,
optical, massage (the "Rub Room"), meeting and movie rooms, and a
name-your-own-price health food cafeteria.
|Preventive and primary care will be available to all
members, who would help at the clinic for a few hours yearly, will get
extra benefits, like massage, chiropractic, dental, optical,
veterinary, green jobs training, and votes in board
intend to move beyond charity toward ownership, through the generosity
of the community," says Paul Glover, founding director.
"We'll build an energy-efficient passive solar earth-sheltered
structure," says Tom Greene, a member of the organizing team.
earth cover reduces heating and cooling bills toward zero.
that all our income goes to healing rather than utility bills," he adds.
Emphasizing their broader view of healing, there will be space for
music, art, dance and theatre, plus training for green jobs.
agriculture and "permaculture" are an essential part of the plan
because "Fresh food is essential to good health. And growing
in the neighborhood teaches basic skills," says Caroline
Immendorfer, RN. She adds, "In the long run, we will be
a model for healthy eating, healthy living, and healthy communities."
Clinic organizers are meeting with neighbors to discuss their needs and
concerns. Verna Brown-Tyner, founder of Tioga
says, "We were working with the landowner, Jason Lerner, to
create a healthy living campus and when we heard about Patch Adams, it
sounded like an ideal fit. But of course we will make sure
community is supportive and gets a chance to help develop the plans."
clinic group has signed an agreement with the landowner, permitting
them to clear the land, plant and plan while raising funds for full
purchase. Says Jason Lerner of Michael
"This is the first step in promoting health and well being in the city.
Through this program we will help people take better care of
themselves by preventive care and eating properly. Patch
clinic will provide inspiration to the entire city. Michael
Realty, Inc. is proud to help catapult this
Before removing paving, the group's soil team, led by Drexel grad Jim
Wurster, is studying where cleanup is needed.
Philadelphia University students
have dedicated many hours to clinic design.
a tax-exempt program of the Community Health Collaborative of
Philadelphia, the group is welcoming people to donate and to volunteer
through its website: patchadamsclinic.org.
Organizers are currently seeking tax-deductible donations of storage
space, garden tools, building materials, medical and dental equipment
without expiry dates, healing and artisan services, the broadest
variety of general skills, dollars and, of course, clown
costumes. "A wide variety of talents will be
carpenters, laborers, artists, gardeners and architects to doctors,
nurses and landscapers. Everyody else, too," says
Relying on such cooperation and generosity, they expect the clinic to
open its colorful doors in a couple years.
|Committees are forming to gather
tools and equipment, raise funds, and
create mutually-beneficial local networks with businesses and
professionals. Upon these networks, the clinic will reward volunteers
with MediCash, its own credit system.
Patch Adams says, "I'm thrilled to be part of the stimulus for
Philadelphia's grassroots initiative, for health care in loving service
to all. It's so important for We the People to see that we can deliver
beautiful health care much cheaper."
* Verna Brown-Tyner [email protected] (215) 686-3446
* Paul Glover [email protected] (215)
* WEBSITE: patchadamsclinic.org
* Facebook: facebook.com/groups/phillypatch