Epitomizing both clinical rigor and compassionate care-giving, CMC faculty and staff are recognized globally for the innovative model of care that they practice. Every provider contributes to a culture of empathy that sees beyond ethnic and religious differences, beyond prescribed protocols and even ‘patients,’ to see and care for people.
CMC gets the job done and at a fraction of the cost in the U.S.
The wisdom in this philosophy has been passed down for more than a hundred years: a wisdom that sees the larger meaning in small things; that serves tirelessly with dedication, grace and humility; that delivers the best care at the lowest possible cost; that believes in the healing power of faith and the human spirit.
CMC’s multi-specialty tertiary care hospital in downtown Vellore is where people from all over India, South Asia, even other continents, flock for care. Although some think of CMC as a hospital for the poor because of its Christian roots and mission to serve, it has an extraordinary legacy of progressive and innovative medicine — “firsts” that have transformed healthcare in India, and in some cases the world. Private hospital patients seek care at CMC because it is consistently ranked among the very best in India. In an innovative model, fees paid by private patients cross-subsidize care for the poor.
One Standard of Care for All Patients
CMC serves 7,000 outpatients a day, some 2 million people a year, across its network of programs and hospitals. To contemplate the spectrum of patients being seen at CMC is to envision the wealthiest and most discerning on one end, and the poorest of the poor at the other. And while their surroundings may be different, the quality of care and treatment is the same for those 7,000 people each and every day. The Foundation’s role in patient care is to support the doctors, nurses, allied health providers and researchers, with opportunities for advanced study and enrichment so that they can better serve and heal people in need.
- 1900 Ida Scudder begins work with a single-bed dispensary in her parents’ bungalow
- 1902 40-bedded Mary Taber Schell Memorial Hospital opens with the first Dept. of Surgery in India
- 1903 First training course for female compounders starts
- 1906 First “roadside clinics” deployed: primary care brought to villages using bullock carts
- 1909 First Nursing education program opens offering Diploma course
- 1918 India’s first Medical School for Women opens
- 1924 CMC Hospital opens on its present site in Vellore
- 1942 Medical College opens with full MBBS course (men admitted from 1947)
- 1946 India’s first College of Nursing opens offering degree course
- 1948 First successful open heart surgery in India
- 1948 First reconstructive surgery on leprosy patients in the world
- 1948 First Neurological Sciences training in South Asia
- 1961 First middle-ear microsurgery in India
- 1966 First Rehabilitation Institute for the physically challenged opens in India
- 1971 First kidney transplant in India
- 1972 First gastrointestinal endoscopy in India
- 1977 First external Quality Assurance Program for laboratories in India developed
- 1977 First structured training program for the early management of trauma in India
- 1978 First Virology Dept. in India
- 1986 First bone marrow transplant in India
- 1986 First HIV-positive patient in India diagnosed
- 1996 First transeptal carotid stenting in the world
- 1996 First transjugular mitral valvuloplasty in the world
- 1997 First in-vitro fertilization
- 1999 First liver transplant
- 2003 Vellore Bombay Artificial Hand invented
- 2005 First live-donor liver transplant in India
- 2007 First Centre for Stem Cell Research in India
- 2009 First Endovascular repair of Aortic Aneurism using three chimney grafts
- 2009 First successful ABO incompatible renal transplant in India
- 2010 First PET Scanner in India