Christian Medical College & Hospital(popularly known as CMC), the
largest and one of the most prestigious hospitals in India, is located in Vellore.
It attracts a floating population of at least 10000 persons every day. The hospital was founded
in the early part of the 20th century by an American medical missionary Dr. Ida S. Scudder.
The CMC Hospital has a functioning Quality Management program and is one of the first Asian
hospitals to have been ISO certified.
Country's first stem cell translational research centre,
Central government's biotechnology department had selected CMC for setting up the first of a
series of centers in the country as it had world class clinical hematology and biochemistry departments.
Besides having the world famous Cancer and Neurological Wards ,it runs
Mental Health Hospital, Bagayam, Vellore - a Rehabilitation Centre for the physically disabled.
The Schieffelin Leprosy Research and Training Centre (SLRTC) in Karigiri, Gudiyatham,
Vellore - a world famous Leprosy Research Institute.
Community Health and Department(CHAD), Bagayam, Vellore.
Rural Healthcare department(RUHSA).
"Nambikkai Nilayam" - a centre for handicapped children.
The "New Life Centre"- a Rehabilitation Centre for people who have been treated
and cured of leprosy and are non-infectious, but who have to live with the stigma of disability caused by leprosy.
Virology research department.
Apart from these, there are Low-cost, but Effective Treatment Wards to treat the poorest of the poor people.
The Perceptual rank, i.e. the perception in the minds of the people who were interviewed ranks CMC third behind AIIMS, Delhi and AFMC, Pune. In an interview with NDTV, Mr. Raj Chengappa, Managing Editor of India Today, stated that as per the data relating to excellence in education, nurture, facilities, faculty, etc., CMC ranks Number One