Christian Medical College and Hospital, Vellore is recognized as one of the top medical centers in India. The 2,695-bed hospital serves a local population of approximately 400,000 and referrals from other states in India. Founded in 1900 by Ida S. Scudder and situated in the city of Vellore in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, India, CMC Vellore is consistently ranked amongst the top medical colleges in India. From the start, the hospital has been dedicated to serving the poor, neglected, and disabled of India.HistoryThe idea of starting a hospital came to Ida Sophia Scudder in the late 19th century, when Ida visited her medical missionary father, John Scudder, Jr., at his post in Tamil Nadu. One night, Ida was asked to help three women struggling in difficult childbirth. Custom prevented their husbands from accepting the help of a male doctor and, being untrained at that time, Ida could do nothing. The next morning she was shocked to learn that the women had died. She believed that it was a calling and a challenge set before her by God to begin a ministry dedicated to the health needs of the people of India, particularly women and children. Consequently, Ida went back to America, entered medical training and, in 1899, was one of the first women graduates of the Weill Medical College of Cornell University.Shortly thereafter, she returned to India and opened a one-bed clinic in Vellore in 1900. In 1902, she built a 40-bed hospital. In 1909, she started the School of Nursing and, in 1918, a medical school for women was opened under the name Missionary Medical School for Women. The medical school was upgraded into a university affiliated medical college granting the degree of M.B.B.S. in 1942, under the name Christian Medical College. Men were admitted to this college in 1947, ten in a class of 35.