We honor the legacy of our founder, Dr. Ida S. Scudder, by leveraging the gifts of knowledge, compassion and creativity, to care for all – every day.
Based in New York City, the Vellore CMC Foundation is the non-profit partner of India’s prestigious private hospital and medical school, the Christian Medical College (CMC) in Vellore, Tamil Nadu. We connect alumni, global health leaders, medical professionals, researchers, philanthropic organizations, faith-based organizations and students to people, ideas and resources in Vellore – building mutually beneficial relationships that make an impact around the world.
Since its inception, the Foundation has championed CMC and the work of its founder, Dr. Ida S. Scudder. Today, unprecedented demand reflects changes in India – changes that challenge CMC to accommodate the needs of the poor while staying on the cutting edge of science and clinical care. In light of these demands, the Foundation has focused its objectives to better serve CMC’s mission, maintain excellence and promote advancement.
The Vellore CMC Foundation’s mission is to raise funds for the benefit of the Christian Medical College & Hospital in Vellore, India; support US-based alumni and other scholars; and preserve the legacy of the founder, Dr. Ida S. Scudder.
We strive always to to foster mutually beneficial partnerships and drive transformational investments that fuel growth and healing. Our priorities fall into the following areas:
Christian Medical College (CMC) The Christian Medical College (CMC) was founded in 1900 as a one room clinic by Dr. Ida S. Scudder. Today it is a vast and respected non-profit institution that serves more than two million patients a year; trains some of the most sought-after medical professionals; conducts life-saving research; and implements outreach programs in Vellore’s slums and remote rural villages throughout the region. Epitomizing both compassion and innovation, CMC is globally recognized for its unique model of delivering world-class treatment at the lowest possible cost. CMC is consistently ranked among the top hospitals in India and patients travel from all over the world seeking its exemplary care. CMC’s outreach and commitment to the poor is complemented by its record of clinical excellence, including many firsts in India (and in some cases, the world):
- First college of nursing in India in 1946
- First reconstructive surgery on leprosy patients in the world in 1948
- First neurological sciences department in South Asia also in 1948
- First successful open heart surgery in India in 1961
- First middle-ear microsurgery in India in 1961
- First rehabilitation institute in India in 1966
- First kidney transplant in India in 1971
- First bone marrow transplant in 1986
- First carotid bifurcation stenting procedure in India in 1996
- First trans-septal carotid stenting procedure in the world also in 1996
- First trans-jugular mitral valvuloplasty procedure in the world again in 1996
- First successful ABO incompatible renal transplant in India in 2009
- #1 private medical hospital in India in 2015 (India Today)
- Continually ranked among the top hospitals in India: The Week Nielsen Survey (#3 2015) , World Blaze India (#1 Private, 2016), ShareRank.com (#1 Private, Rolling Survey)
For more information, see CMC’s 2016 Facts and Figures.