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First Matching Gift Campaign – A Resounding Success!

This past spring, the Foundation initiated a matching gift campaign, thanks to the generosity of Dr. Jitendra Sisodia (Batch of 1951). Dr. Sisodia, Director of Emergency Services & Trauma at Kingston Hospital in New York for the past twenty years, pledged $40,000 towards a matching gift campaign designated for the Trauma Center being constructed at CMC’s new Kanningapuram Campus.

Dr. Sisodia, inspired throughout his life by CMC’s founder Dr. Ida S. Scudder, dedicated this donation to the memory of his late children, Sanjeev and Aroti Sisodia, in order to leave a lasting dedication to all first responders. Dr. Sisodia’s wish is to designate his donation for trauma and EMS training, as well as equipment, to further support trauma care in the
region.

The campaign raised a further $38,000 for the trauma center, exceeding the expectations for this initiative. With this money, CMC is building a stateof-the-art Level 1 trauma center and 1500 bed hospital on its 88 acre campus in Kannigapuram. Currently, there are only two Level 1 trauma centers in India, both are located in the north. The state of Tamil Nadu, where CMC is located, has the highest rate of road traffic accidents, traumatic injuries, and other related deaths in the entire country.

We thank Dr. Sisodia for his generous donation to the trauma center. After meeting Dr. Ida Scudder, Dr. Sisodia noted that “the inspiration and motivation she ignited in me have been constant companions throughout my professional career.” His donation has inspired many of our donors to follow his lead and give generously to this project.

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President’s Year-in-Review

The Foundation and CMC have once again been selected by USAID as an American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) grant recipient, a federally funded program that supports infrastructure and capital improvement initiatives. The FY2020 ASHA Grant will support the use of robotics and Artificial Intelligence to help improve physical rehabilitation for people with disabilities.

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“Rekindle: Sisterships in Mission” Event Held in Partnership with RCA

On Thursday, Dec. 9th the Women’s Transformation and Leadership ministry from the Reformed Church in America (RCA) in collaboration with the Vellore Christian Medical College (CMC) Foundation held a virtual celebration entitled “Rekindle: Sisterships in Mission”. The RCA Women’s Leadership group including Reverend Liz Testa, Coordinator for Women’s Transformation and Leadership, helped to design and host this global mission event for hope. The evening’s program highlighted the season of Advent, Dr. Ida Scudder’s 151st birthday, and CMC’s endeavor to construct a maternity hospital in the Jawadhi Hills region of south India.

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Lecture Series: Philip Yancey on “God, Medicine, and the Pandemic”

Philip Yancey shares the principles he has come to learn through years of writing about God and suffering. Yancey also speaks about his relationship with Dr. Paul Brand, a prominent physician who worked with leprosy patients at Christian Medical College and Hospital, Vellore, and how that relationship influenced his perception of pain.

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