Vellore CMC Foundation, Inc.
The Vellore CMC Foundation, Inc. was established in 1928 to support the work of the Christian Medical College and Hospital in Vellore, India (“CMC”). The Foundation was the original governing body of the hospital and medical school. After CMC was turned over to a Council of Indian Churches in 1948 our role changed to fund raising, shipping medical supplies and equipment from USA to India, and arranging for missionary doctors and other medical personnel to serve at CMC as the organization grew.
Today, our work involves raising awareness and funding to support CMC’s work, serving US-based CMC alumni doctors/nurses and para-professionals, and acting as a liaison for research and academic partners.
The Christian Medical College and Hospital are located in the city of Vellore in Tamil Nadu ( a state in South India). CMC was started with a single bed in 1900 by one of the first female medical doctors trained at the Cornell College of Medicine, Dr. Ida S. Scudder, with the goal of training female doctors and other medical personnel to serve the women and children of India whose religious traditions barred them from seeing male providers.
The hospital and medical college grew quickly. The College of Nursing opened in 1909 Today CMC treats 7,000 outpatients per day (more than 1.8 million men and women annually); it has multiple community outreach programs; annually graduates over 175 male and female physicians in a variety of graduate and post-graduate disciplines, over 200 Nurses, and over 200 Allied Health professionals. CMC has recently established a second campus in the particularly under-resourced Chittoor District in the neighboring state of Andhra Pradesh. CMC is continually ranked one of the top hospitals and medical colleges in India.