“Not to be ministered unto, but to minister”
The Torch of Life, Dr. Ida Scudder’s great symbol that has passed from generation to generation, has led CMC on an extraordinary journey that always returns to compassionate care.
The enduring truth is that CMC’s faculty, staff, students, see beyond differences and care for all people. Beyond ethnic and religious differences, beyond prescribed protocols, beyond money, statistics or diseases – they see and care for people. For more than 100 years, a spirit of compassionate care has been fostered, that sees each person as unique and treats patients from all walks of like with the same mindfulness, respect and love.
CMC is recognized throughout the world for its leveraged impact: providing the highest quality care at the lowest possible cost. How? They start with people, not protocols. First and foremost our doctors and nurses really see patients, dive into their lives and ask the right questions. Based on empathetic inquiry, they draw on clinical knowledge to determine the appropriate role for technology in diagnosis and treatment. This approach empowers the best health outcomes from finite resources, departing from expensive systems of preemptive testing and defensive protocols.
In alignment with Ida Scudder’s vision and our non-profit structure, CMC accepts all patients knowing that many will not be able to fully pay for their care. They ask everyone to pay something; what patients pay reflects their own capacity and CMC’s ability to underwrite the balance. Nearly half of CMC’s patients receive subsidized or free care. To learn more about this, please read through the Patient’s Guide Book.
A quote from Dr. Harris Berman, Dean of Tufts University School of Medicine, delivering the commencement address for the CMC’s Allied Health Sciences Graduation, 2009:
“Never forget that what the patient really wants and needs is more than your technical expertise – it is your caring, your humanity, your interest, and your touch. Many times that is more important than scientific or technical care you render. Technology is wondrous indeed, but the patient’s needs are for healing, comfort and empathy.”