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MoA Signed to Set-up Speciality Paediatric Centre at CMC’s Ranipet Campus
May, 2022

Christian Medical College Vellore today announced the signing of an MoA with Canada-based Fairfax Financial Holdings and Bengaluru-based Quess Corp, to set up a Paediatric Centre at its new campus in Ranipet district. The two companies have pledged 300 crores to set up a ‘CMC Vellore Paediatric Speciality Centre’. The centre which will have 350 beds in its initial phase, and covering a range of medical and surgical paediatric speciality services, will be located in the ‘Fairfax-Quess Block’. Apart from treatment, the centre will also focus on training and research. 

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. J. V. Peter, Director, CMC Vellore, said, “This is an important moment in the history of Christian Medical College Vellore. Right from its inception in 1900, CMC has played a defining role in identifying healthcare needs in India and providing solutions. We believe that paediatric specialisation is the next priority for our country. We are confident that this project would be a game-changer in paediatric specialisation”. 

Dr. Peter thanked Mr. Prem Watsa, Chairman of Fairfax, for the confidence he has placed on CMC Vellore to continue to play a transformative role in healthcare in India. He also thanked Mr. Ajit Isaac, Chairman, Quess, for his support and interest in positively impacting the lives of children with specialised healthcare needs. 

The Paediatric Speciality Centre is a Phase 2 project of the Christian Medical College Vellore Ranipet Campus. The Phase 1 project, to be commissioned in the next couple of months, would focus on comprehensive trauma care in order to address the recent epidemic of road traffic accidents, as well as to bring about locally relevant and comprehensive healthcare solutions for victims of accidents. The campus will include 1500 beds, a Level 1 Trauma Care Centre with 6 dedicated theatres for accident victims, quaternary care medical and surgical services, high-end radiology services, cardiac catheterization laboratories, 250 intensive care unit beds, well-equipped blood storage and donor facility, 29 bone-marrow transplant unit beds, 50 dialysis beds, 35 operating theatres and state-of-the-art laboratory services.  

The campus has a Zero-Waste water discharge system with sewage treatment and effluent treatment plants to recycle and reuse water. For power supply, 30% of the demand load will be met through solar panels. All extra-low voltage will be based on IP networking, thus putting in place a Digital Blanket for the entire hospital. The engineering services will be centrally monitored using advanced Building Management Systems.

During the COVID pandemic, the District administration requested CMC to run a COVID facility in the Ranipet campus. A 400-bed COVID-care facility was opened at the Ranipet Campus. During the first wave, asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic patients were admitted while during the second wave, due to the huge need, patients with severe illness were also treated here and three ICU pods were additionally commissioned for this purpose

Nursing Graduation 2022
March, 2022

College of Nursing, CMC, Vellore celebrating its 112 years of nursing education, Platinum Jubilee of BSN Program, Diamond Jubilee of MSN & PBBSC Program, Silver Jubilee of Ph.D Program is also marking an important event in the history of CMC on 22nd March, 2022 where 306 nursing students are graduating (B.Sc-99, Diploma-99, P.B.B.Sc-49, PBD-32, M.Sc 27). The Chief guest Dr. Dileep Kumar, President, Indian Nursing Council, New Delhi and former Nursing Advisor to the Government of India in his convocation address congratulated the graduates and accentuated that the graduates are fortunate to receive the degree from India’s first established Nursing College.

Dr. Dileep informed that the responsibilities of the graduates have increased multifold because they are graduating from an institution which is known for its notable features such as provision of good quality care, implementation of a successful Nurse run Public Health Model impacting primary health care and improved socio economic condition of the community, WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Development in SEAR, involvement of prominent leaders in policy table and above all a pioneer in practicing dual role of Nursing ie. Teaching and practice to bridge the gap between education and service. He also highlighted on Indian Nursing Council activities and initiatives for Nursing and Midwifery Development in India.

In his address, he insisted the graduates to grab various opportunities available for higher education through different programs rolled out by the Indian Nursing Council such as Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist. He inspired the graduates to develop the habit of updating their knowledge and skills periodically to work effectively in clinical practice and community.  As a concluding remark he invited the graduates to inculcate the passion for learning and sharing the knowledge with others. He emphasized that the current graduates are the future leaders of Nursing.

Ms. A. Kuruvilla prize for the best outgoing student, Alice Gnanamuthu memorial gold medal for the best all round student and SJA. Madhabi Chakravarty memorial prize for the best academic student in B.Sc Nursing programme went to Ms. Richu Sairah Manoj. Alice Jane David Memorial Gold Medal for the all round student in Diploma Nursing Programme was bagged by Ms. Sherlee Sneha. A. The best outgoing student in the Diploma Nursing program gold medal by College of Nursing and SJA. Madhabi Chakravarty memorial prize awarded to Ms. Yazhini. B.

Dr. J.V. Peter, Director, CMC welcomed the gathering, and introduced the Chief Guest. Dr.Solomon Sathish Kumar, Principal, CMC distributed the prizes to the undergraduate and postgraduate students. Dr. Vathsala Sadan, Dean, College of Nursing gave charge to the graduates and Mrs. Jeyalindha Christopher, Associate Nursing Superintendent presented the college pins to the graduates.

CMC Vellore inaugurates Advanced Research Facility in Rehabilitationon Engineering
February, 2022


CMC’s Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PMR) recently inaugurated the Centre for Advanced Technology-Enabled Rehabilitation (CATER). The centre, an advanced research facility in rehabilitation engineering, aims to provide cost-effective solutions for low-resource healthcare sectors and economically disadvantaged communities. A Cognitiometry Laboratory to further brain rehabilitation research was also inaugurated on the occasion. 

The PMR department, started in 1964 with an inpatient facility to rehabilitate people with complex disabilities, was the first of its kind in India. Padma Shri Mary Varghese, CMC alumna and paraplegic hand surgeon who set up the department, later expanded its services in 1966, with the establishment of the first inpatient Rehabilitation Institute of the country. 

The department, which also set up India’s first movement analysis laboratory in 1989, has spearheaded several technological innovations to alleviate the burden of disability, with support from the government - the Departments of Science & Technology (DST) and  the Biotechnology ( DBT), the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). CATER, the Centre for Advanced Technology-Enabled Rehabilitation (CATER), was inaugurated by Dr. T. M. Kotresh, Director, Defence Bio-Engineering & Electro Medical Laboratory (DEBEL),  DRDO, Bangalore and Dr. Anna Pulimood, former Principal, CMC Vellore. Dr. Rajdeep Ojha, innovation lead at CATER, gave demos of the 3D force plate and multichannel wireless EMG that were developed in-house. Dr. Kotresh, along with DRDO scientists Dr. Mohanvelu and Dr. Sripathy, congratulated the efforts of the CATER team, and lauded the services of CMC, particularly in the area of rehabilitation. 

Prof. Manivannan M, from scientist at the Experiential Innovation Center, IIT Madras, who inaugurated the Cognitiometry Laboratory spoke about the immense benefit to the community by such research centres in clinical settings. .Dr. Suranjan Bhattacharji, former Director, CMC Vellore and former Head, PMR, recalled the contributions of various luminaries like Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, who worked on orthotics devices made of carbon fibre, and Dr. P. K. Sethi, co-inventor of the ‘Jaipur Foot’, an inexpensive and flexible artificial limb. 

Others present included Dr. Jacob George, Head of PMR, who welcomed the guests and Dr. K. Prasad Mathews, Medical Superintendent, CMC Vellore, who felicitated the team for their in-house innovations that could change the course of disability in the country. 

1th Annual Research Day 20
22 October 2021

The 11th Annual Research Day was organised by the Office of Research, Christian Medical College, Vellore on 21st and 22nd of October 2021 in the Scudder Auditorium and New Examination Hall. The programme showcased research activities undertaken by the faculty and students of medical specialities  , Nursing and Allied Health Sciences along with Field and Epidemiology, Bioengineering and the various PhD programmes at CMCVellore.  This year also highlighted ‘COVID-19 related basic, translational and clinical research’ as a separate category. On 21st October 2021, there was a wide array of poster and oral presentations.  There were a total of 224 poster presentations and 245 podium presentations over two days.

The special programme on the second day began with welcome addresses from Dr. Nihal Thomas, (Head of Endocrinology Unit -1) and    Dr. Biju George, (Head of Haematology). Following this were felicitations by Dr. J.V Peter, (Director), Dr. Anna B. Pulimood , (Principal) and  Dr. K. Prasad Mathews , the (Medical Superintendent); in which they exhorted the students and faculty to inculcate a culture of basic, translational and clinical research.

There were various citations presented throughout the programme by noted faculty from various departments within the institution. The highlights of the evening ceremony were the Special Orations by distinguished retired faculty of the institution; Dr. Chandran Gnanamuthu , (Professor of Neurology) and Dr. S. Gunasekaran Vaz, (Professor of Physiology). Dr. Chandran spoke reminiscing on the research journey of CMC over the past decades in the National and International context and Dr. Gunsekaran dwelt on extensive lab and pre-clinical work on pancreatic islet transplantation. 

The prizes for the presentations were awarded during the valedictory ceremony. About 110 prizes were distributed for both categories by Dr. Joy Sarojini Michael, Vice Principal (AHS), Dr. Tripti Meriel Jacob, Vice Principal (PG) , Dr. Suganthy R, Registrar and Dr. Sushil Mathew John ,Vice Principal (HR). 
The programme concluded with vote of thanks rendered by Dr. Suceena Alexander, Additional Vice Principal (Research), followed by national anthem and dinner.

CMC Vellore performs Asia’s first percutaneous valve implantation

24th September 2021 

The valvular heart disease interventional team at CMC recently performed Asia’s first percutaneous (through the skin) or transcatheter valve implantation of a Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVI) in two patients with failed open heart surgical valves. Conscious local anaesthesia was administered to the patients and after the procedure, they were discharged to the ward on the same day.

Both the patients had previously undergone coronary artery bypass surgery with open heart replacement of the aortic valve. The surgically replaced valves had failed and both the patients were found to be poor candidates for a repeat surgical valve replacement.

According to a pioneer of the percutaneous valve replacement program at CMC, the design of the new transcatheter valve delivery system enables cardiologists to advance the folded up valve through blood vessels as small as 5 millimeters in diameter. The valve’s design also affords easy access to the heart’s coronary arteries, located near the aortic valve, thereby allowing future coronary interventions to be performed relatively easily.

The percutaneous valve replacement procedure was performed by a team including Dr. John Jose and Dr. Paul George (Professors, Department of Cardiology CMC Hospital) and Dr. Gintautas Bieliauskas (interventional cardiologist, Copenhagen University Hospital, Denmark).

Earlier this year, the Cardiac team had performed a non-surgical replacement of a tricuspid valve by implanting a new heart valve through the femoral vein, a blood vessel in the groin. Read about it here.

CMC becomes affiliate Centre of Cochrane 

1st September, 2021 

Cochrane India – CMC Vellore Affiliate was officially launched on 1/9/2021 at the Christian Medical College Vellore which officially becomes the Affiliate Centre of Cochrane, international NGO and the leading authority on Systematic Reviews. Dr Thambu David, Professor of Medicine at CMC, is the Director of the affiliate centre. 

Eight other institutions - All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi; India Council of Medical Research, New Delhi; Indian Institute of Public Health - Hyderabad; Institute of Dental Sciences, Odisha; King George’s Medical University, Hyderabad; Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal; Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh; and Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai - are part of the Affiliate. 

Cochrane India – CMC Vellore Affiliate is based within the Prof BV Moses Centre for Evidence Informed Healthcare and Health Policy (BVMC).  BVMC aims to help people make well-informed decisions about health care by preparing, maintaining and promoting the accessibility of systematic reviews of the effects of healthcare interventions and the accuracy of diagnostic tests. By doing so, it aims to improve the quality of health care and health policy in the region through increased capacity among health professionals to understand and to conduct systematic reviews; the increased use of evidence in health care derived from systematic reviews of evaluations of the effects of interventions and the accuracy of diagnostic tests. 

The increased dissemination of the results of systematic reviews of interventions in health care and evaluation of their usefulness to clinicians, policy makers and people with health care needs; Identification of gaps in the evidence and prioritization of interventions requiring systematic reviews or trials, and Improving the quality of design, conduct and reporting of clinical trials conducted in the region.

The Affiliate centre was launched by Mr. Jerrald Selvam, Additional Director, National Rural Health Mission, Tamilnadu State, Health Society, Chennai at Tamil Nadu Health Systems Project, Chennai, Virtually at the Christian Medical College Vellore who was presided by Dr JV Peter, Director of CMC, Vellore; Dr Anna Pulimood, Principal of CMC Vellore, Dr Prasad Mathews, the Medical Superintendent, Ms Vathsala Sadan, Nursing Superintendent.

Dr Jerrald Selvam who presented his message virtually applauded the collaborative efforts and strengths of the Cochrane and its evidence.  Dr Jerrald also spoke how dissemination of evidence makes a major impact especially in these pandemic times of Covid especially.  Dr Jerrald emphasized the importance of evidence, understand systematic reviews by Health Professionals which could enrich and value the evidence available and can be used in the policy making especially in the area of cost effectiveness and its policy decision and especially to the Govt of Tamilnadu in the upcoming days.  Dr Jerrald lauded the work of the CMC community and expressed his wishes to Dr Prathap Tharyan and Dr Thambu David is currently taken up the charge of the centre. 

Dr J V Peter, Director of the Christian Medical College, Vellore remembered the initiation of the Cochrane activity, his learning experience of the Meta-analysis under the guidance of Prof Prathap Tharyan at the Cochrane Centre, Christian Medical College, Vellore.  He stressed that the evidence should be crisp, clear and precise.  He suggested that we work on the evidence that is relevant to this region in the upcoming future.  Dr Anna Pulimood, Principal, CMC, Vellore lauded the groups effort in retaining the Cochrane Centre and its activities.  Dr Prasad Mathew, Medical Superintendent said that we are in need of understandable and usable evidence in the days to come.  Dr Vathsala Sadan, Nursing Superintended, expressed the need of collaborating together in the future with the Cochrane Centre especially with the development of Nursing Evidence based guidelines.

Dr Thambu David, Director of Cochrane India – CMC Vellore Affiliate summarised the future plans for the centre along with its vision that has been road mapped for the upcoming Year.  Dr Satish, Member of the CEU, CMC, Vellore gave away the vote of thanks.

The launch was conducted in the presence of the Staff of the Prof BV Moses Centre for Evidence Informed Healthcare and Health Policy which hosts the Cochrane Affiliate, along with the members of the Clinical Epidemiology Unit, Department of Biostatistics, CMC, Vellore.  Dr Thambu David who is the Director of the Cochrane Affiliate – CMC Vellore Associate gave away the vote of thanks and remarked that the Centre is looking forward in contributing towards the evidence synthesis and evidence update of our region. 

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