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University of Illinois at Chicago
SoleSource #393JMG
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Award Info Published Thursday February 9, 2017
Awarded to:
Vendor: Diagnostic Imaging Associations, P.C. (services of Dr. Kathleen DePonte, M.D., Norton, VA
Amount: An estimated $70,000
An estimated start date of 2/20/2017 through 2/19/2018, 12 months
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
The hearing has been cancelled
Published Monday February 6, 2017
The hearing has been cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
First published Friday, January 20, 2017
The University awarded a contract for Certified NIOSH "B" chest x-ray Reader to Diagnostic Imaging Associations, P.C. (services of Dr. Kathleen DePonte, M.D., Norton, VA, for an estimated $70,000.
Services from Dr. DePonte, a physician certified by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) as a "B" Reader. Dr. DePonte has demonstrating proficiency in classifying radiographs of the pneumoconioses.

This is an economically feasible sole source as the aforementioned time constraints of the Queensland, Australia Contract make it economically feasible to utilize the services of Dr. DePonte. Her expertise (NIOSH Certified and familiar with University program protocols) plus her 10 year relationship with UIC's contract researcher PI, Dr. Cohen makes B Reader services from Dr. Deponte a significant economic advantage.

There are only 300 B Readers registered in the US and that is to cover the entire US mining operations very few of these B-readers work in academic positions or work for the NIOSH Coal Workers Health Surveillance Program Panel.
The University has determined that this purchase is only economically available from this source because the items are required for research and no other source is able to meet the researcher's documented needs.

For additional information, contact:
John Meehan
University of Ilinois at Chicago
Purchasing Division (M/C 560)
809 South Marshfield Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612-7203
Phone: (312) 413-5961
FAX: (312) 996-2055
State Purchasing Officer - Aaron M. Finder

We will hold a public hearing at the date, time and location specified below, if we receive a request to testify regarding the sole source determination. We will also hold a hearing if any vendor submits a signed statement showing the capability to provide the stated supplies/services at or below the amount indicated.

The public hearing allows any interested party the opportunity to testify for or against the sole source determination as described in this notice. The purpose of the hearing is to receive information from the public in a reasonable manner. Formal rules of evidence will not apply. The hearing officer will produce minutes of the hearing and may record it in order to aid in the production of the minutes. After conclusion of the hearing we will decide whether the sole source determination was appropriate.

We must receive any request to testify and any vendor statement no later than the registration date and time indicated below. If we do not receive a timely request or statement, we will not hold the hearing. We reserve the right to cancel the procurement prior to any scheduled hearing. Please confirm the status of the hearing with the Hearing Contact.

February 8, 2017
2:00 PM
Stratton Building
Room 511
401 S. Spring Street
Springfield, IL

Hearing Contact:
Aaron M. Finder
Phone:(217) 720-7105
Date, time, and location are subject to change and/or cancellation. It is the responsibility of potential participants to confirm these details prior to attendance.

Registration Deadline:
February 3, 2017
Register with:
Aaron M. Finder
Phone:(217) 720-7105

The State of Illinois has a policy to encourage prospective vendors to hire qualified veterans, minorities, females, persons with disabilities and ex-offenders.

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Sole Source Justification
  • 393JMGPart1.pdf (443 KB)
Sole Source Justification Part 2
  • 393JMGPart2.pdf (63 KB)