The Institute has offered care to tens of thousands, given workshops and lectures in over 65 countries, built and supported clinics, schools, and orphanages from El Salvador to Cambodia, and brought the joy of clowning to parts of the world damaged by violence and injustice.
Patch's mission with the Gesundheit! Institute is to create a health care model based on the following principals:
- Care is free.
- Patients are treated as friends.
- Ample time is given to the care interaction (e.g. initial interviews with patients are 3 hours long).
- All complementary medicine is welcomed.
- The health of the staff is as important as the health of the patients.
- Care is infused with fun and play.
Physical and mental health problems are very serious for those who are suffering, and yet we are still human and need to have fun and laugh. It can be hard to do when you're not feeling well. Those who know me understand my humor and I've certainly enjoyed the humor of those I've been privileged to work with over the years. Whether appropriate or not, sometimes you just have to laugh or you'll cry....or even both (which is often the best)!
We don't need science to prove that laughter is good for your health, although there is plenty of research in this area. When we laugh, our bodies feel the release and our minds are distracted from the pain, even for a moment...and this is how the healing happens. One moment at a time, one day at a time.