Tuesday, September 18, 2018

CruzMed Foundation, Inc.

Dr. John Walther, Emergency Medicine, WatsonvilleCruzMed 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.

For more information, to volunteer or donate to the foundation visit www.CruzMedFoundation.org


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  - Sponsor and support the Medical Reserve Corps of Santa Cruz County, ensuring the community is prepared for public health emergencies and disasters.

Public Health - Collaborate with local and regional agencies on efforts that will help reduce obesity by 10% by the year 2020.

Established Projects, Partnerships and Sponsorship's of CMF

  • Medical Leaders of Tomorrow
  • Childhood and Family Obesity Prevention Project - 5210+ Program
  • Santa Cruz County Medical Reserve Corps (SCCMRC)
  • Community Outreach Projects - UCSC MESA Schools
  • Mentor-ships

Board of Trustees (BOT)


Christopher O'Grady MD
Pajaro Valley Medical Clinic

Donna J. Odryna


Henry J. Franscioni, Jr.
Morgan Stanley Financial Advisor

Shelly Barker, MS, RD, CDE
Project Manager at Health Improvement
Partnership of Santa Cruz County
Caroline Berger
Director of Health Sciences
Division at UCSC

Willy Elliott McCrae
CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank
Founding CMF Trustee

Patsy Gasca
Disaster Services Mngr, American Red Cross
& Past SCCMRC Advisory Board Member

Marlene Mirassou, MD
Retired Psychologist & Past SCCMRC
Advisory Board Member
Jeannine Rodems, MD
Santa Cruz Direct Primary Care
SCCMS President & CMF Past President
Jeff Terpstra
Retired Fire Chief & Past SCCMRC
Advisory Board Chair

Joydip Bhattacharya, DO, Neurologist
Founding President

Board of Directors Meets Quarterly.

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