Christian Medical College & Hospital, Vellore
The Christian Medical College Association is a non government, private, inter-denominational Christian organisation. The object of the Association is the establishment, maintenance and development of a Christian Medical College in India where women and men shall receive an education of the highest grade in the art and science of Medicine and Nursing or in one of the Allied Health professions, to equip them in the spirit of Christ, for service in the relief of suffering and the promotion of health.
In 1900, the Christian Medical College was started by Ida S. Scudder, an American missionary, as a one-bed clinic to serve women. In 1902, she built the 40-bed Mary Taber Schell Memorial Hospital for women and children, named after the donor’s wife. The site is now CMC Schell Campus, which houses the Eye Hospital and Low Cost Effective Care Unit (LCECU). The main hospital moved to the present location in the Thottapalayam area of Vellore in 1924 and treatment was extended to men as well.
This picture shows Dr Ida with an unidentified person - a patient, perhaps? More likely a member of her staff.
At present CMC has over 2500 beds on four sites, with numerous specialities. Patients from all over India and the world come for treatment. On an average day at the main hospital alone, there are 80 clinics helping 5500 outpatients, 1850 inpatient admissions and 40 births! Over 600 students enroll annually for degrees including Medicine, Nursing, Allied Health Professions, and as varied as Hospital Equipment Maintenance and Clinical Pastoral Counselling.
The CMC community today is made up of an interesting and diverse group of people: students and faculty come from all over India. Visitors come from Australia, Britain, Canada, Denmark, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Kenya, the Middle East, New Zealand, USA and many other countries. The interchange between varied people and cultures provides a rewarding and stimulating experience.