"We seek to be a witness to the healing ministry of Christ through excellence in education, service and research."- Ida Sophia Scudder (Vision and Mission)
The primary concern of the Christian Medical College, Vellore is to develop through education and training, compassionate, professional excellent, ethically sound individuals who will go out as servant-leaders of health teams and healing communities. Their service may be in promotive, preventive, curative, rehabilitative or palliative aspects of health care, in education or in research.
In the delivery of health care, CMC provides a culture of caring while pursuing its commitment to professional excellence. CMC is committed to innovation and the adoption of new, appropriate, cost-effective, caring technology. In the area of research, Christian Medical College strives to understand God's purposes and designs, fostering a spirit of enquiry, commitment to truth and high ethical standards. Research may be aimed at gaining knowledge of the fundamental bases of health and disease, at improving interventions or in optimizing the use of resources.
CMC reaffirms its commitment to the promotion of health and wholeness in individuals and communities and its special concern for the disabled, disadvantaged, marginalized and vulnerable. CMC looks for support and participation in its programmes in education, service, outreach and research, from the friends and like minded agencies in India and abroad, in a true spirit of partnership. In its role as a living witness in the healing ministry of Christ, CMC seeks to work in partnership both with the church in India and the universal church, and their institutions.
"Not to be ministered unto, but to minister "
As its motto, CMC Vellore has adopted the words of Jesus in the Bible, “Not to be ministered unto but to minister" - not to be served, but to serve - and this drives everything. CMC is a charitable society and seeks to help transform for the better, the health status of India. The hospital serves millions of people directly, but an even greater impact comes from those who have been trained here and have then gone out to serve, treat and teach others. While most of the patients pay for their treatment, any surplus arising in one area is reinvested to give subsidies and free care for those who cannot afford the full cost, and to fund educational and training activities. All the core activities are achieved without external funding from the government or elsewhere. However, external resources are used to fund research, the development of new programmes and infrastructure and to extend the free and subsidised treatment given to the poor and through the outreach programmes. Our dream is never to have to turn anyone away because they cannot afford the cost of their treatment.
For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. Mark 10: 45 (King James Version)
The objective of the Christian Medical College, Vellore is the establishment, maintenance and development of a Christian Medical College and Hospitals in India, where men and women shall receive an education of the highest grade in the art and science of medicine, nursing, or one or other of the related professions, to equip them in the spirit of Christ, for service in the relief of suffering and in the promotion of health.