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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Chicago
Emergency Award #JCM398
Announcement of an Emergency Award/Quick Purchase
Final Amount
Published Wednesday September 16, 2015
Vendor: Elite Hearing Inc.
Final Amount: $20,678.83
The State Purchasing Officer for this procurement is now Gary Reis.
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
Award Info Awarded Friday June 19, 2015
Awarded to:
Vendor: Elite Hearing Inc., Plymouth, MN
Amount: An estimated $60,000
An estimated start date of 6/19/2015 through 9/15/2015
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
First published Friday, June 19, 2015
The University awarded a contract for Elite Hearing Inc. hearing aid products.
This emergency/quick purchase was required due to a situation in which immediate action was needed to prevent any disruption in University services.
An emergency purchase is necessary to purchase customized hearing aid devices prescribed for hearing impaired patients seen in the Department of Otolaryngology of the University of Illinois Hospital (UIHHSS.

This emergency need relates to a determination made that the sole bidder responding to the University Solicitation #MEC179 for hearing aids did not qualify as a bidder authorized to do business in Illinois prior to submitting their bid, pursuant to Section 20-43 of the Illinois Procurement Code. A re-bid is in process.

This emergency contract term will bridge the gap until the new solicitation is issued, evaluated and awarded.

The selection of this vendor is based on the fact that Elite Hearing Inc. was the only responsive bidder and they offer exceptional designed fitted hearing aids based upon patient specifications.

Any cessation of the supply of hearing aids would prevent hearing impaired Otolaryngology patients from receiving prescribed, customized hearing aids. The Department of Otolaryngology therefore respectfully requests approval of this emergency purchase, as the vendor was not at fault, and it is in the best interests of the State to ratify this contract.  

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 - Gary Reis

This transaction is subject to the State Board of Elections registration and certification requirements of Public Act 095-0971.

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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