Oak Ridge Hospital

(Site Profile/Docket Number 158)

Location: Oak Ridge, TN

Special Exposure Cohort Petition Information

The Special Exposure Cohort (SEC) is a unique category of employees established by The Act (42 CFR Part 83). Claims compensated under the SEC do not have to go through the dose reconstruction process. To qualify for compensation under the SEC, a covered employee must meet specific requirements (e.g., must have at least one of 22 “specified cancers,” and have worked for a specified time period at one of the SEC sites). Classes of employees and work sites can be considered for addition to the SEC through a NIOSH petition process. More information about the Special Exposure Cohort can be found on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Open/Active SEC Petitions

To date, there are no open/active SEC petitions from Oak Ridge Hospital.

Class(es) Added to the SEC

  • All employees of the Department of Energy, its predecessor agencies, and its contractors and subcontractors who worked in any location at the Oak Ridge Hospital in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, from May 15, 1950 through December 31, 1959, for a number of work days aggregating at least 250 work days or in combination with work days within the parameters established for one or more other classes of employees in the SEC.

    Note: This class was established by Petition 137

Petitions Qualified for Evaluation

Below is a list of the petitions that qualified for evaluation. Select a petition on the list to view the table for that particular petition.

Steps in Petition Process: Petition Details:

Date Received

January 14, 2009

Date Qualified for Evaluation

February 19, 2009

Summary of Information in Petition

Location: Oak Ridge, TN

Job Titles and/or Job Duties: Extruders and Shapes Specialists who worked in the Rod and Shape Mill

Period of Employment: June 30, 1958 through December 31, 1959

Note: The information above is what qualified for evaluation. During our evaluation of whether dose reconstructions can adequately be completed for the above job titles and period of employment, information may cause NIOSH to change some the dates or job titles/duties. Therefore, as this petition proceeds through the SEC petition process and if an SEC class is proposed, the proposed class may not exactly match the above information.

Copy of the Petition Received

January 14, 2009 Cdc-pdf[740 KB (10 pages)]

Federal Register Notice Announcing that a Oak Ridge Hospital SEC Petition has met the Minimum Qualifications for Review and Evaluation

March 3, 2009 Cdc-pdf[43 KB (1 page)]

SEC Petition Evaluation Report

Revised October 15, 2009 Cdc-pdf[294 KB (46 pages)]

Evaluation Report Sent to the Advisory Board

June 30, 2009

Petition Discussed by the Advisory Board

The petition was discussed by the Advisory Board on October 21, 2009, during its regular meeting.

Advisory Board Recommendation on SEC Petition

November 16, 2009 Cdc-pdf[42 KB (2 pages)]

HHS Letters to Congress Regarding the SEC Petition

December 10, 2009 Cdc-pdf[152 KB (9 pages)]

HHS Designation of Additional Members to the SEC

December 10, 2009 Cdc-pdf[29 KB (4 pages)]

Federal Register Notice: Designation Regarding a Class of Employees for Addition to the Special Exposure Cohort

December 30, 2009 Cdc-pdf[40 KB (1 page)]

Note: A “designation” will be published if there is a recommendation to add a class to the SEC. A “determination” will be published if there is a recommendation not to add a class to the SEC.

Effective Date for the SEC Class

January 9, 2010

Federal Register Notice: Final Effect of Determination of a Class of Employees for Addition to the Special Exposure Cohort

January 21, 2010 Cdc-pdf[40 KB (1 page)]

Letter to DOL Regarding the Addition of a New Class of Employees to the SEC

January 12, 2010 Cdc-pdf[17 KB (1 page)]

Advisory Board Work Group on Oak Ridge Hospital

This Work Group is responsible for reviewing the SEC petition from the Oak Ridge Hospital petitioners, reviewing the DCAS Evaluation Report of the petition, and considering and resolving issues generated through these reviews. The Work Group should strive to develop a recommendation to the Board on whether a class should be added to the SEC. The Work Group should emphasize the following in its review: (1) examine the extent of the records sought and obtained by DCAS and seek to obtain any additional records that might be indicated and available on a timely basis; (2) consider further the radiation exposure potential of persons employed at the facility; and, (3) consider the possible employment practices at the Hospital as they might relate to any class definition to be established.

Work Group Members:

  • James E. Lockey, M.D., M.S. (Chair)
  • John W. Poston, Sr.
  • Robert W. Presley
  • Genevieve S. Roessler, Ph.D.
  • Phillip Schofield

Meeting Information

  • October 13, 2009
    Teleconference Meeting of the Advisory Board’s Work Group on Oak Ridge Hospital


    2:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST)
    Meeting Type: Face-to-Face; Public, No Comment Period

    Teleconference: +1-866-659-0537
    Participant Code: 9933701

    Pre-Decisional Document Policy

    Available Meeting Items:

  • October 7, 2009
    Meeting of the Advisory Board’s Work Group on Oak Ridge Hospital


    9:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST)
    Meeting Type: Face-to-Face; Public, No Comment Period

    Cincinnati Airport Marriott
    2395 Progress Dr.
    Hebron, KY 41048
    Phone: (859) 586-0166

    Teleconference: +1-866-659-0537
    Participant Code: 9933701

    Pre-Decisional Document Policy

    Available Meeting Items:

Pre-Decisional Document Policy

Please note that as part of the procedures and processes of the Advisory Board’s Work Groups, several kinds of pre-decisional documents may be developed. These pre-decisional documents, such as white papers, matrices, working drafts, etc., are distributed among Work Group members as research and background tools to facilitate discussion and deliberation. Although discussion during a public meeting may cover pre-decisional documents, these documents often are not further revised or finalized, and thus do not reflect the final determination or evaluation of the Advisory Board and its Work Groups. Additionally, some pre-decisional documents not otherwise posted on the website may contain sensitive information, which would require an interested party to obtain such documents by filing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the CDC/ATSDR FOIA office at foiarequests@cdc.gov.

Public Comments on Oak Ridge Hospital Documents

How to Submit Comments

Comments on Oak Ridge Hospital Documents can be submitted to the NIOSH Docket Officer electronically by email at nioshdocket@cdc.gov or printed comments can be mailed to:

NIOSH Docket Office
Robert A. Taft Laboratories, MS-C34
1090 Tusculum Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45226
Please include the Site Profile/Docket Number (158) on all comments.

Comments Received

At this time, no comments have been submitted on Oak Ridge Hospital documents.

Document Archive for Oak Ridge Hospital

Page last reviewed: September 28, 2015