McLEAN ANNUAL AWARD
David Barlow, Chairman of the McLean Board of Trustees, Lee Woodruff, and Scott Rauch, M.D., President and Psychiatrist in Chief of McLean Hospital
Bob and Lee Woodruff Receive the Inaugural McLean Award
Journalists Bob and Lee Woodruff were the first recipients of the McLean Award for their work in raising awareness of mental health. Lee accepted the award on their behalf at the hospital’s Annual Dinner on June 2, 2008, at the Boston Harbor Hotel.
While on assignment in Iraq, Bob Woodruff suffered a traumatic brain injury and nearly lost his life. Since the accident, the Woodruffs have become national advocates for mental health awareness and have spoken openly about their family’s experiences with post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, depression and anxiety. They founded the Bob Woodruff Family Fund, a foundation that works with private industry and government to support excellence in prevention, diagnosis, treatment and resources for injured veterans.
McLean Hospital President and Psychiatrist in Chief Scott Rauch, MD, recognized the Woodruffs’ perseverance and willingness to reach out to others. “As a center for psychiatric excellence, McLean wanted to publicly recognize how greatly we value the Woodruffs for speaking openly about their personal experiences.”