Staff Quarters Dedication on 31.01.2020
The Staff Housing of B,C and E quarters at the Christian Medical College, Vellore, Chittoor campus in Andhra Pradesh was inaugurated on 31st January, Friday in the presence of members of the Council, the Chairman: Mr Barkos Wajri and the Vice-Chairman: Dr John Oommen. This is the first of a set of 4 building projects that are to be commissioned in the next few months, which include the Working Women's Hostel, the Chattram(Patient rest house) and the Radiology suite. The programme was commenced by a word of prayer. Special songs were rendered by the CMC Vellore Chittoor campus nursing students. There were words of inspiration shared by Mr Barkos Wajri and Dr Vikram Mathews, Associate Director on behalf of the administration. Dr Nihal Thomas heaped many accolades on the engineering team and the contractors for having carried out this challenging project. Built on a hilly region on an elevation on rocky ground, the building has a number of special features in that it is thermally friendly, being exposed to the South East breeze and shaded from the western sun by the hill in the backdrop.Dr John Oommen, highlighted the fact that this building was a major milestone in the history of the Chittoor campus, thereby enabling several staff to be easily accessible for the purpose of patient care. He also stressed the primary aspects of dedication towards patient care as the primary motif of the institution, and that the essential ethos in general should are of primary importance while complimenting structural and engineering advantages. The prayer of dedication was given by Rev Dr Eprem. The vote of thanks was rendered by Dr Abraham Joseph
Republic Day Celebration on 26.01.2020
On the 26th of January, 2020, Sunday, the community on the CMC Vellore Chittoor campus commemorated the 71st Indian Republic day. The Special guest speaker for the programme was Er David Chandran: the general superintendent of CMC, Vellore. The programme was highlighted by an inspiring skit put up by the nursing students of the CMC Vellore Chittoor college of nursing on National integration.
Multilingual carols at CMC Vellore Chittoor campus on 06-12-2019
Multilingual carols at CMC Vellore Chittoor campus on 06-12-2019
World Diabetes Month Celebration - EXHIBITION held on 06.12.2019
In commemoration of the World Diabetes Day 2019, the Department of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism at Christian Medical College, Vellore organised an Exhibition on 6th December, 2019 in the CMC Vellore Chittoor Campus between 9.00am and 3.00pm, on the theme “FAMILY AND DIABETES”. The Departments of Cardiology, Ophthalmology, Dentistry, Nephrology, Physiotherapy, Prosthetics & Orthotics, Dietetics along with the Department of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism put up stalls which disseminated awareness about diabetes, its complications and the scope for its prevention. Screening for diabetes was performed for 167patients. Foot and eye examination too was done for them. They were also educated on the various challenges they would face and how they can be overcome. The exhibition began with a word of prayer by Rev. Vijayakumar. Dr. Sowmya Sathyendra, Professor & Head, Medicine Unit-3, CMC Vellore was the Chief Guest for the day.
Children's Day Celebration (2019) at CMC Vellore Chittoor Campus on 14.11.2019
Children's day was celebrated with pomp and enthusiasm at the CMC Vellore Chittoor Campus. Gifts and sweets were distributed amongst the Children. Dr Jennifer Winget, Dean of Medical Education at the University of Aberdeen was the Chief guest.
BSc Nursing of the Chittoor operation theaters held on 01.10.2019
On 1st October 2019 the staff of CMC Vellore Chittoor campus and the visiting surgeons celebrated the accomplishments and dedication by all staff of the chittoor campus in making this place it is today, more than 8,000 surgeries have been completed in 3 years in the 5 available operation theaters. Dr Anil Henry welcomed all the Doctors,Nurses and the theatre personnel,followed by a Welcome song by the nursing staff "Showers of Blessing".The bible reading from 1 Corinthians:13 was the lesson on which Dr. Suranjan gave a short and reflective message reminding us of Dr Ida and her missionary work started in the early nineties. He put light on the need for the theatre staff to be child like,qualities of innocence, trusting, eagerness to learn and a hope for miracles.Love is what makes our actions and gifts useful Dr Ravi Kishore's expression of similitude to Dr Ida's "three knocks" shows our relevance in being here.Our motto" To Minister ,not to be Ministered unto" needs to be ingrained in each one of us. A skit that showed us all the changes that had taken place over a period of three yrs was put up by the theatre nurses.Dr Manickam summarised how the theatre unit was started byDr Nandhini and Dr Eunice;their relentless and selfless efforts along with the Nursing staff in theatre ,in the wards our technicians and our operating Doctors who have made it possible to make it an integrated hospital.Now the services offered are many more and has to keep increasing. Our Chief Guest of the day Dr. Prasad Mathew was appreciative and thankful to all who were responsible for this immense change.
Cystic Fibrosis India Project on 01.05.2018
Cystic Fibrosis(CF) India project was initiated on 1st May, 2018 as a collaborative effort by Paediatric respiratory clinic, Department of Paediatrics, Department of Pulmonary Medicine and Nationwide Children’s Hospital,Columbus, Ohio. This is a demonstration project funded by the 'CF' foundation, USA to create a sustainable model of care for Cystic Fibrosis in areas with no access to resources. A team from Columbus, Ohio including Dr Grace Rebecca Paul (CMC MBBS batch of ’94), Ms. Teri Johnson, CF nurse, Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Ms. Susan Gemma, CF dietician, Nationwide Children’s Hospital visited the Department of Paediatrics inorder to develop this project further.Various teaching sessions and workshops were organised at Kothagiri, Coimbatore, Chennai and Chittoor campus with the aim to create awareness among healthcare professionals in India to allow early diagnosis and treatment of Cystic Fibrosis.
Provider’s Course' in Children’s Surgical Care – A new initative by Children’s Surgical Specialities 31.05.2018
Three day special training programme was organized by the Children’s Surgical Speciality Departments on 31st May 2018, for teams of doctors and nurses from four district hospitals in Karnataka. This is the first if its kind organised by the institution with the aim to improve children’s surgical care in the country. This was preceded by a ‘Train the Trainer’ course, for CMC faculty by the Royal College of Surgeons, England to update the training skills of Children’s surgical trainers in the Departments of Children’s Orthopaedics, Surgery, Nursing and Critical Care, on 30th May, 2018. This special session included training in planning and imparting practical skills, and in giving and receiving feedback and evaluation. On 31st May, 2018 the course was inaugurated. Dr. Sukria Nayak, Associate Director, Missions, spoke about the need for such a program and its benefit to the health systems, Dr. Nihal Thomas spoke about CMC's role in improving health care Dr. Deepak Abraham, Associate Director, Human Resources and Dr. Ebor Jacob, Deputy Medical Superintendent lauded the efforts of the children’s surgical specialities in fulfilling the training needs of children’s surgical providers. The team of faculty included Dr. Vrisha Madhuri from Paediatric Orthopaedics, Dr. John Mathai from Paediatric Surgery, Dr. Sajan P from Anesthesia, Dr. Vinitha Ravindran from Paediatric Surgical Nursing, Dr. Ebor Jacob from Paediatric Critical Care, Dr. Mathew Joseph covered common conditions affecting children such as knee deformity, clubfoot, infections and cerebral palsy,children’s anesthesia, head injury, burns and nursing. The programme was monitored by the Royal College of Surgeons England team led by Mr.Richard Stewart and the incoming president of the Global Initiative for children’s surgery, Mrs. Kokila Lakhoo, RCS educator Elise Omphalos and Orthopaedic surgeon Mr. James Turner. The focus of the training was to empower district level hospitals to handle the common surgeries of children safely and provide skills in decision making and safe transfer to the children’s surgical hubs. A team of children’s specialist surgeons, anesthetists and nurses from the the Banglore Medical College underwent training as future trainers. The trainees and trainers carried out surgical modules at CMC’s Chittoor campus to simulate a district level hospital environtment.
Report of Safe Motherhood Day on 11.04.2018
National Safe Motherhood Day, which falls on April 11, ensures that women are given proficient awareness on safe pregnancy and childbirth, and the theme for this year is “Midwives for Mothers”. The Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecological Nursing organised various events on the theme “Respectful Maternity Care”. An exhibition which effectively highlighted the significance of safe motherhood was organised along with the Dietary Department. Rev.Deborah, Chaplain dedicated the programme and Mrs. Ebenezer Ellen Benjamin, Professor and Head of OG nursing, delivered the welcome address. The Chief Guest for the event was Mrs.Nirmala Manoharan, Retired Professor of Maternity nursing who addressed the participants, felicitations were offered by Dr. Manisha Madhai Beck, Head of OG-IV unit and Mrs.Nirmala Margret, Additional Deputy Nursing superintendent. Dr. Vatsala Sadan, Dean, College of nursing distributed the prizes to the winners of the various contests. Programmes similar to this were conducted in the CMC, Vellore, Chittoor Campus, which proved to be highly beneficial.
CMC Observes Republic Day on 26.01.2018
The national flag was hoisted at the various campuses in observance of the Republic Day. At the college campus the flag hoisting was organized by the Students Association, and the Chief Guest, Dr. D.J.Christopher, Professor and Head of Pulmonary Medicine, hoisted the flag and addressed the gathering. At the hospital campus the flag was hoisted by Dr.Vikram Mathews, Associate Director (Admin) and at the CMC Chittoor Campus the flag was hoisted by Dr.Santhosh Varughese, Professor and acting head of Nephrology and Deputy Director (HR). The republic day parade by the security personnel was indeed a sight to behold.
First Anniversary Celebrations of Chittoor, CMC campus Operation Theatres on 31.08.2017
The Chittoor CMC campus celebrated the first anniversary of the operation theatre complex on 31st August, 2017 which has enabled to conduct more than 1600 surgeries during the last one year. It was an occasion of great joy remembering the goodness and faithfulness of our Lord. The celebrations started with a word of prayer by Rev. Manibhushan, followed by sharing of the Word by Rev. Pierson. The history of the surgical escapades in CMC Chittoor campus was briefed by the Associate Director of Chittoor, Dr. Nihal Thomas. He highlighted the humble beginnings and how God has greatly blessed the endeavor. He also thanked all the surgical units for their earnest efforts and co-operation. Following which, there was a meaningful sharing of experiences of the past one year by various surgeons like Dr.Vrisha Madhuri (Head of the Department, Paediatric Orthopaedics), Dr. Deepak Abraham (Professor, Department of Endocrine surgery), Dr.Banerjee (Former Head of the Department of Surgery) and Dr. V.T.K. Titus (Professor, Department of Orthopaedics). The meeting was also addressed by the Former Associate Director of Chittoor, Dr.Raju Titus who expressed his joy over the growth and developments in the campus. The General Superintendent and the Deputy Nursing Superintendent expressed their appreciations to the entire surgical team of CMC Chittoor campus. The programme came to an end with an interesting skit by the theatre staff and an elaborate cake cutting ceremony led by Dr. Nandhini (Anesthesia). The theatre in charge staff, Sister Sheila proposed the vote of thanks. No doubt this is a milestone in the medical services of CMC Chittoor campus.
Independence Day Celebrations in CMC on 15.08.2017
The 71st Independence Day celebration in the CMC community was observed with great patriotism. As per tradition the flag was hoisted in the main hospital campus, college campus and all the other campuses of the institution. In the hospital campus, the flag hoisting began at 7.30 am, where Dr.J.V. Peter, Director Designate hoisted the flag. Mr.Chellasamy, Chief Security Officer inspected the parade. Dr. Sukesh Chandran, Department of Clinical Pathology, hoisted the flag in the college campus, Bagayam. RUHSA Campus witnessed colourful and energetic dance performance of the medical sociology students as part of the Independence Day celebration. For the very first time, Chittoor Campus, celebrated the 71st Independence Day by hoisting the tricolor in the campus.
Chittoor Hospital Campus welcomes 2017 with local residents at special celebration on 27.01.2017
Annual Citizens’ Day, a New Year’s programme for the residents of Chittoor, was held on the 27th of January, 2017. A large Chittoor-based gathering of leading citizens including government and bank officials, private practitioners, lawyers, school principals and business men came together at this event. The Director, Dr Sunil Chandy, in his address, recalled the long association of CMC with Chittoor district. Since the 1930s, Dr Ida S Scudder conducted a roadside clinic in Chittoor district, which included Gudipalla and Bommasamudrum. This project marked a further strengthening of the early ties. He stated that the campus would evolve into a model broad speciality hospital of excellence with a number of educational training programmes. Dr. Chandy acknowledged the cooperation of the Government of Andhra Pradesh and the officials of Chittoor, also extending his thanks to the various departments of CMC Vellore and its retired faculty employed for their contribution in providing quality care for the people of Chittoor. Associate Director, Dr Raju Titus Chacko and Mr JP Peter were especially thanked for the ground work during the establishment phase. Dr Nihal Thomas then updated the gathering with the current status of the hospital – his presentation showed the speciality departments, and the diagnostic and treatment facilities, including the state-of-the-art operation theatre. He further presented the statistics which showed a sharp increase in the last few months with regards to outpatient numbers each day and a rapid increase in the number of surgeries – over 500 in the last five months. Proposed plans were also shared, inclusive of several training programmes which will help the people of Andhra Pradesh and community outreach services in the district. CMC Vellore was also well represented at the programme, by the Associate Directors, Principal, Medical and Nursing Superintendents and several Heads of Departments.
Gynaecologic Oncology Cancer Awareness Month observed on 03.09.2016
To increase awareness on gynaecologic cancers, the Gynaecologic Oncology Group (Departments of Gynaecologic Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology and Palliative Care Unit) organised programmes centred on Cancer Screening in women, common symptoms, danger signs, preventive measures and treatment options. The awareness campaign was flagged off at CMC Vellore, Chittoor Campus, on 3rd September, 2016, by chief guest, Dr.Vijaya Gowri, District Medical Health Officer, Chittoor district. This was attended by a gathering of 200, including women, high school and college students. A second event was conducted at Scudder Memorial Hospital, Ranipet, on 10th September, presided over by Dr. Lakshmi Seshadri. At the valedictory ceremony of the medical students’ Community Orientation Programme (COP) at Sholavaram village, more public awareness activities were put together by the Community Health Department and Radiation Oncology. At all the above venues, posters, pamphlets and talks were arranged to propagate cancer awareness. A cancer screening programme for CMC staff was organised by the Gynaecologic Oncology Department. A Cancer Survivors Meet on 1st October brought together both survivors and patients undergoing treatment. Survivors shared their experiences and motivated others with coping strategies. This was followed by a CME on cervical cancer vaccines, screening, treatment of precancer and palliative care. This was widely attended by doctors, nurses and health workers.
Founder's Day 2012 Celebration on 09.12.2012
The 142nd birth anniversary of Dr. Ida S. Scudder, our beloved founder, was celebrated on December 9, 2012. This year, the Founder's Day programme was celebrated in the CMC Vellore, Chittoor campus. Dr Sara Bhattacharji, former Head of LCECU and Dr. Suranjan Bhattacharji, former Director, were the chief guests on this occasion. It was a time to reflect on the courage, faith and vision of Dr. Ida, as well as to renew our commitment to continue the work that she so ably started. At the function, staff who had retired over the year were honoured for their service and dedication to the institution. Thirty nine staff were also honoured with the Exemplary Service Awards, given for integrity, courage and service beyond the call of duty. Dr. Sara Bhattacharji presented the following Special Awards : the Dr. Thomas Koshi Award to Mr. Johnson Sugdev Kumar (Radiology), the Best Staff Nurse Award to Mrs. Beaula Rose J. (P2 Ward), the Best Nursing Auxiliary Award to Mrs. Euphracia Andrew (N2 Ward), the Best Hospital Attendant Award to Mr. N. Punniyakotti (Clinical Epidemiology) and the Best Hospital Housekeeping Attendant Award to Mr. S. Mathew (Microbiology). The Mr. John Sehar, Memorial Essay Competition Award was presented to Dr. Jophy Philips Cherry (Ophthalmology) and Mr. A. Selvakumar (Psychologist, RUHSA). The prize winners of the Archives essay competition 2011, Dr. N. Kumar (Cardiology) and Ms. Divya Paul (Tutor, Occupational Therapy) were also felicitated. In her inspiring speech, Dr. Sara Bhattacharji reminded the audience of some of the important values on which Dr. Ida built this institution- compassionate care, best exemplied in the manner in which Dr. Ida cared for her first patient, a dying old woman; of sharing our knowledge and skills so that the five loaves and two fish are multiplied; of reaching out to those excluded and on the margins of society, and working together in the spirit of Christ. Dr. Sara said the best way we can honour the memory of Dr. Ida is by simply being the presence of Christ to all we meet. Thus, like Dr. Ida, we will 'see beauty and love everywhere, and breathe the atmosphere of love rather than anxious striving.' On the occasion of the Founder's Day, a book on Dr. Ida Sophia Scudder, 'Love In Deed' was released by the Director, Dr. Sunil T. Chandy. The book contains the story of Dr. Ida and memories of her contemporaries and colleagues who currently live in Vellore. The book also has messages from former Directors, including poignantly one from Dr. LBM Joseph, who passed away on December 5, 2012. The first copy of the book was received by Ms. Anna Jacob, the first Indian Nursing Superintendent and an alumnus of the first batch of the College of Nursing. Love In Deed will also be available in Tamil. The programme concluded with Mrs. Jays Premkumar responding on behalf of the retired staff, felicitations by Mr. I. Joseph, Secretary, GSB and a dance by the College of Nursing students. The General Superintendent, Mr. J.P. Peter proposed the vote of thanks.