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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Chicago
SoleSource #739JCM
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Award Info Published Tuesday November 1, 2016
Awarded to:
Vendor: Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc., Knoxville, TN
Amount: An estimated $34,660
An estimated start date of 8/30/2016 through 2/27/2017, 6 months
Six month term as approved on the Part II Hearing results.
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
The hearing has been modified
Published Tuesday August 30, 2016
A public hearing was held 8/17/16.
This notice has been modified
Published Tuesday August 30, 2016
As indicated on the Part II Hearing results, the term was modified to six months.
First published Wednesday, July 27, 2016
The University awarded a contract for Aristos X-Ray software support & service to Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc., Knoxville, TN, for an estimated $34,660.
Continual purchase from Siemens of software support and service for the two Aristos X-Ray machines. Siemens proprietary "Advanced Diagnostic" (AD) Software identifies image problems and expedites trouble shooting. Siemens AD Software is proprietary and not available to 3rd party servicers.

The investment of $ 1.2 million and the critical usage to maximize performance can only be trusted to be serviced and maintained by the original manufacturer. The AD software upgrades and enhancement can only be trusted to be completed by Siemens, the best provider of an integrated solution provider to assure equipment efficiency. Recently Siemens provided a software upgrade that included a contrast-enhancing software tool, offering benefits such as optimizing the dynamic range from the bone to the skin line. The upgrade included two orthopedic software packages which allow orthopedic surgeons to generate, measure, diagnose, and document full leg and spine skeleton images.

The Aristos FX is a specialized robotic like system for Digital Radiographic exams. It is a technically advanced system eliminating the need to reposition the patient for exams. Siemens guarantees 97% uptime of equipment. The uptime of this equipment is important because it can have a affect on revenues. Once an xray machine goes down, and UIHHSS does not have a service agreement in place, the vendor response would not be guaranteed and may take two business days. All Radiology appointments would be cancelled or rescheduled.
The University has determined that this purchase is only economically available from this source because the compatibility of equipment, accessories, replacement parts, or service is a paramount consideration.

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.

August 17, 2016
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:
August 12, 2016
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
  • 739JCMPart1.pdf (375 KB)
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