Physicians for a Healthy Central Coast

To help people and our community be
healthier, safe, and resilient

Physicians for a Healthy Central Coast

Dr. John Walther, Emergency Medicine, Watsonville

CruzMed Foundation

Physicians for a Healthy Central Coast is a collaborative community and physician-led 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation formed under the direction and support of the Santa Cruz County Medical Society.  Project funding is derived from the medical community, private donors, businesses and foundations.

If you would like to be involved, volunteer, or donate, please call (831) 479-7226.


To help people and our community be healthier, safe, and resilient, and serve as a leader in fostering and supporting careers in medicine.

To fulfill it's mission, PHCC acts as a bridge linking physicians and other medical and public health professionals to the community through the works of the foundation. We work in collaboration with our partners to support the improvement of health for all who live, work and play in our county.


Physicians for a Healthy Central Coast pursues the following goals to ensure the accomplishment of its mission.

Pipeline - Fostering youth interest and engagement in medicine and health sciences.
Preparedness - Supporting Physician engagement in the Medical Reserve Corps and American Red Cross.
Public Health - Community collaborations that support healthy eating and active living in Santa Cruz County.

Projects of Physicians for a Healthy Central Coast

  • Future Docs
    • Pipeline & Physician Workforce Commission
    • Bridge to Medicine - Shadowing for pre-med students
    • Decision Medicine - Youth Mentorships through programs such as UCSC MESA Schools Program (Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement)
  • Let's Go Central Coast - 5210+ Santa Cruz
  • Disaster Docs
  • Connect the Docs - Connecting physicians and patients through our physician referral program and RotaCare Free Medical Clinic Santa Cruz

Board of Directors (BOD)

Christopher O'Grady MD
Pajaro Valley Medical Clinic

Jack Watson, MD
Kaiser Watsonville

Past President
Jeannine Rodems, MD
Santa Cruz Direct Primary Care

Vice President
To be appointed

Grant Hartzog
Professor, MCD Biology, UCSC

Donna J. Odryna

BOD Meets Bi-Monthly beginning January.

Community Council

Shelly Barker, MS, RD, CDE
Manager, Health Improvement Partnership

Henry J. Franscioni, Jr.
Morgan Stanley Financial Advisor

Patsy Gasca
Disaster Services Mngr, American Red Cross

Marlene Mirassou, MD
Retired Psyhiatrist


Joydip Bhattacharya, DO
Founding President

David McNutt, MD
Founding Secretary

David South, MD
Founding Treasurer

Willie Elliott-McCrae
Founding Director

Donna Odryna
Founding Director