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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Chicago
SoleSource #666IDM

Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase

Award Info Published Wednesday December 29, 2021

Wolters Kluwer Health, IncorporatedChicago, IL

  • Amount: An estimated $600,000
  • Terms: An estimated start date of 12/8/2021 through 12/31/2024, 36 months
  • Renewals: 1 three-year
  • Potential Future Renewals: $600,000



1 total
0 BEP vendors
0 VBP vendors
0 Small businesses

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 Wednesday December 22, 2021
The hearing has been cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
First published Monday, December 6, 2021
The University awarded a contract for Web-based Nursing Education and Practice Learning to Wolters Kluwer Health, Incorporated, Chicago, IL, for an estimated $600,000.
Hospital Nursing Services requires a web-based learning library that can provide immediate access to over 400 courses with continuing education (CE) credit to fulfill 2021 requirements and beyond.

Chief Nursing Officers are in desperate need of the point-of-care products at the bedside in order to support clinical decision-making when staff counts are low and patient demands are high. The COVID-19 pandemic is causing an increase of nursing/clinician retirements and causing staffing challenges and shortages. The Hospital requires a web-based learning library that can provide immediate access to over 400 courses with CE credit to fulfill 2021 requirements and beyond for existing and new staff education. Continuing education for nurses and clinicians not only keeps nurses up to date on the latest advances in care and treatment, but it affords staff an opportunity to explore other areas of patient care.

The university, on information and belief, has concluded that only one vendor can meet its need or can meet the need economically. That vendor is Wolters Kluwer Health, Incorporated. The university has provided detailed justification to support its conclusion as shown on the attached Sole Source Justification Form.

Although the university has presented this as a sole source procurement, we are seeking competitive information from firms with the capability of meeting the university's need (even if performed in a manner different from what has been presented) to contact us and provide sufficient information to show the need can be met. If we receive that information, the Chief Procurement Officer will offer a public hearing to consider the matter. Hearing information is described below.

All sole source hearings under the jurisdiction of the Chief Procurement Officer for Higher Education will be conducted by tele-conference only until the in-person option is reinstated.
The University has determined that this purchase is only economically available from this source because the item or service is copyrighted or patented and is not available except from the holder of the copyright or patent.

For instructions on how to obtain a comprehensive purchase description, disclosure or contract forms, contact:
Janielle Graham
809 S. Marshfield Ave.
3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 413-2816
FAX: (312) 996-3135
Chief Procurement Officer - John Donato
State Purchasing Officer - Sharon Ferguson

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.

Hearing Details

December 22, 2021
9:00 AM
Stratton Building
Room 511
401 S. Spring Street
Springfield, IL

Hearing Contact:
Catherine Bradbury
Phone: (217) 993-2327
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:
December 17, 2021
Register with:
Catherine Bradbury
Phone: (217) 993-2327

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
  • 666IDMWoltersKluwer.pdf (745 KB)
Sole Source Justification Part 2
  • 666IDMPt2_UIC.pdf (85 KB)