CruzMed Foundation

CruzMed Foundation, Inc.

Dr. John Walther, Emergency Medicine, Watsonville
CruzMed Foundation 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.

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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, CruzMed 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.


The CruzMed Foundation 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 the CruzMed Foundation

 - Physician Leaders of Tomorrow
 - Let's Go Central Coast & 5210+ Santa Cruz
 - Disaster Docs
 - Community Outreach - RotaCare Santa Cruz, UCSC MESA Day (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement)
 - Mentoring/Shadowing Opportunities for youth and young adults

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
Caroline Berger
Health Sciences Intern Coord., UCSC
Donna J. Odryna
Chief Executive Officer, SCCMS|CMF
BOD Meets Bi-Monthly beginning January.    
Communty Council    
Shelly Barker, MS, RD, CDE
Manager, Health Improvement Partnership
Caroline Berger
Health Sciences Intern Coord., UCSC
Henry J. Franscioni, Jr.
Morgan Stanley Financial Advisor
Patsy Gasca
Disaster Services Mngr, American Red Cross
Marlene Mirassou, MD
Retired Psychologist 
Donna J. Odryna
Chief Executive Officer, SCCMS|CMF
Joydip Bhattacharya, DO
Founding President
David McNutt, MD
Founding Secretary
David South, MD
Founding Treasurer
Willie Elliott-McCrae
Founding Director
Donna Odryna
Founding Director