Christian Medical College Vellore

Not to be ministered unto but to minister

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Vision Statement: The Christian Medical College, Vellore, seeks to be a witness to the healing ministry of Christ, through excellence in education, service and research

2020 is a very special year for CMC Vellore. We celebrate 120 years since our founder, Dr. Ida Scudder started roadside clinics on the dusty village streets of Vellore in 1900. 

Dr. Ida’s passion for saving the lives of mothers and babies led her to set up a Medical College to train women doctors and nurses! 120 years later, CMC still plays a vital role in the lives of lakhs of ordinary women and children. 

We are India’s top private medical college, training doctors, nurses, allied-health professionals in over 200 different courses. CMC serves nearly 30 lakh patients each year, from all over India and Asia. We are known for our compassionate healthcare, quality education, cutting-edge research and community outreach. 

Ida had the challenge of raising funds to start the Women’s Medical College Campus at Vellore. Day and night, she visited schools, colleges, churches and communities in the USA. Her team launched ‘Dollar Day’, reaching out to 1 million people to give $1 to CMC! Thousands of students, housewives and ordinary people contributed to ‘Dollar Day’ in December 1922. They raised half their target by what we now call crowd funding! The rest was kindly given by an eighty-year-old lady, Ms. Ellen Scripps, and the Rockefeller Foundation. 

This year, CMC celebrates 120 years of service. In 2020, we appeal to YOU – donate ₹200 (or multiples of ₹200!) towards our poor patients. 

In December 2020, we celebrate 150 years since Ida’s birth. In her memory, we reach out to a lakh of compassionate people to raise ₹2 crore to support our poor patients. Your generosity can make all the difference for a poor patient at CMC. Spread the word – share this with your friends and family. Join #CMC2020 today! 

Meet some of our patients 

Madhubala’s family lives in the slums of Vellore. Many years after her marriage, Madhubala was delighted to learn she was pregnant.

She went for regular antenatal checkups to CMC Hospital’s Low Cost Effective Care Unit. 

In the seventh month of her pregnancy, her doctors gave her the terrible news that her baby was not growing. Madhubala had pregnancy-induced hypertension and severe anaemia and her life was at risk. 

We desperately wanted to save both mother and baby and admitted Madhubala in CMC Hospital for an emergency operation.The doctors saved her life, but her premature baby weighed only 700 grams. We did not know if this tiny baby would survive,” recounts her doctor.  

CMC’s Neonatology team stepped in, caring for the infant in the Nursery for 2 months. Madhubala’s family could only afford a fraction of the operation and newborn care costs. CMC’s charity scheme for deserving disadvantaged patients covered the rest.

Madhubala and her baby are safely back home now. The LCECU team visits them regularly. 

"My baby is healthy and growing big!" smiles Madhubala. "Our family is blessed to have the care of people like you and CMC."

Mr. Prakasam, a recovered leprosy patient, is a happy father to three children and a trusted meat and egg-seller in the community. 

Apart from the income he makes from this job, he also has his pension from CMC where he worked from a young age till his retirement at 60.  

"Though I suffered a lot as a child, I am now a happy man," says Prakasam.

I owe everything to the doctors and other members of the CMC community, who have looked after me in a hundred big and small ways throughout my life," he says with a smile brimming with confidence and contentment.

“First ponder, then dare. Know your facts. Count the cost. Money is not the important thing. What you are building is not a medical school. It is the Kingdom of God. Don’t err on the side of being too small." - Ida Scudder