The Oak Ridge Institute of Nuclear Studies included a hospital, known as Oak Ridge Hospital, that was built in 1950. Many patients at this facility suffered from diseases where the treatment included the therapeutic use of radioisotopes. During the time period between 1943 and 1959 at Oak Ridge Hospital, medical waste precautions that are in place today were not as prevalent. This may have resulted in patients, employees, nurses, and doctors being exposed to harmful substances that increase the risk of cancer.

Here, we have compiled publicly available information and documentation about the facilities covered by the Act to clarify how their activities relate to the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act.

Oak Ridge Hospital

State: Tennessee
Location: Oak Ridge
Time Period: 1943-1959
Facility Type: Department of Energy

Facility Description: Originally a US Army Hospital for the Manhattan Project workers, this facility was operated for the AEC by Roane-Anderson Co. In 1959, ownership of the hospital was privatized and its operation taken over by the Oak Ridge Hospital of the Methodist Church.

Oak Ridge Hospital is listed as a Department of Energy (DOE) site under the EEOICPA.

Special Exposure Cohort(SEC) Classes:
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.

As of 01/08/2023, the total compensation paid under Parts B and E of the EEOICPA, including medical compensation, for workers suffering from the effects of having worked at Oak Ridge Hospital is $13,988,813.

Click here for a current accounting of compensation paid to former Oak Ridge Hospital Workers under the EEOICPA.

Oak Ridge Hospital Workers:
If you or your parent worked at this or any other DOE or AWE facility and became ill, you may be entitled to compensation of up to $400K plus medical benefits from the US Department of Labor. Call EEOICPA Counsel Hugh Stephens at 1-855-EEOICPA (336-4272) or fill out the form to the right, whether or not you have already filed a claim and even if your claim has been accepted or denied.

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Petition 137 (Jun 30, 1958 to Dec 31, 1959)
SEC Petition Evaluation Report, Petition SEC-00137, Rev: 1
Report Submittal Date: October 14, 2009