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					                     REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL

                                        by

          The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

                                       for

                  Selection of a Vendor to Provide a
            MULTI-SLICE X-RAY COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY
                          SCANNER SYSTEM

                                   related to

                      University Hospital – Zale Lipshy

                             RFP No. CAP09-0002




                   Submittal Deadline: 3:00PM CST March 20, 2009




Issued: February 20, 2009
                                          REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL


                                             TABLE OF CONTENTS


SECTION 1: INTRODUCTION ..................................................................................................... 3

SECTION 2: NOTICE TO PROPOSER........................................................................................ 5

SECTION 3: SUBMISSION OF PROPOSAL ............................................................................... 9

SECTION 4: GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS ................................................................. 11

SECTION 5: SPECIFICATIONS AND ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS ............................................. 20

SECTION 6: PRICING AND DELIVERY SCHEDULE ................................................................. 40




Attachments:

APPENDIX ONE:               PROPOSAL REQUIREMENTS .................................................................. 42

APPENDIX TWO:               HUB SUBCONTRACTING PLAN .............................................................. 52




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                                         SECTION 1

                                       INTRODUCTION


1.1   Description of the University

      The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas ranks among the world’s
      leading academic medical centers, patient-care providers and research institutions. Its
      faculty members, who are responsible for a broad array of groundbreaking biomedical
      research advances, are respected for their dedication to teaching. UT Southwestern’s
      physicians provide patients with the highest quality of care throughout the medical
      center’s outpatient clinics and affiliated hospitals.

      Part of The University of Texas System, UT Southwestern Medical Center includes three
      degree-granting institutions: Southwestern Medical School, Southwestern Graduate
      School of Biomedical Sciences, and Southwestern Allied Health Sciences School.
      These three schools train more than 4,200 medical, graduate and allied health students,
      residents and postdoctoral fellows each year.

      As one of the foremost research facilities in the world, UT Southwestern, with its four
      active Nobel Laureates and 17 members of the prestigious National Academy of
      Sciences, educates scientists whose research advances the frontiers of biomedical
      research and whose discoveries benefit society; conduct more than 3,500 research
      projects annually totaling more than $350 million.

      UT Southwestern provides inpatient care to more than 92,000 people and oversees
      approximately 1.7 million outpatient visits annually. The University’s 452-bed hospital,
      located in the St. Paul and Zale Lipshy buildings, offers patients superior care and
      outstanding service provided by a highly trained staff. In addition, UT Southwestern
      operates seven clinic facilities on the campus, housing 22 individual clinics and patient
      care centers, and offers extensive clinical services through a network of well-respected
      affiliated hospitals and clinics offering comprehensive diagnostic services and therapies
      for citizens of the Dallas-Fort Worth area and around the world.



1.2   Background and Special Circumstances

      A proposal is requested for a complete, state-of-the-art 64-slice (or 64+-slice) multi-slice
      CT Scanner System with capabilities for general and neurological clinical studies. The
      CT system will be sited at the Zale-Lipshy Building of University Hospital (ZLUH)
      Radiology Department at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at
      Dallas. The scanner will be used for brain imaging and general clinical exam studies
      although other capabilities should be listed as options. The scanner will replace an
      existing 4-slice Toshiba Aqulion scanner in the ZLUH Radiology Department CT-1 room.
      The proposal shall include a cost for relocating (or upgrading) the existing scanner into a
      new CT room at the St Paul Building of University Hospital (SPUH) Emergency
      Department (ED).




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1.3   Objective of this Request for Proposal

      The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (the “University”) is soliciting
      proposals in response to this Request for Proposal for Selection of a Vendor to Provide
      a Multi-slice CT Scanner, RFP No. CAP09-0002 (this “RFP”), from qualified vendors to
      provide a CT scanner suitable for brain imaging and general clinical medical studies (the
      “Services”). The Services, which are more specifically described in Section 5.4 (Scope
      of Work) of this RFP, include (1) a state-of-the-art, multi-slice CT scanner (2)
      workstations and software applications for processing, displaying, analyzing, and
      archiving the resulting studies, (3) necessary accessories such as patient supports,
      patient restraints, and quality assurance phantoms, and (4) necessary support
      equipment such as power conditioners, heat exchangers, etc.




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                                           SECTION 2

                                   NOTICE TO PROPOSER

2.1   Submittal Deadline

      University will accept proposals submitted in response to this RFP until
      3:00 p.m., Central Prevailing Time on March 20, 2009 (the “Submittal Deadline”).

2.2   University Contact Person

      Proposers will direct all questions or concerns in writing regarding this RFP to the
      following University contact (the “University Contact”):

                     Michael A. Medina, MPA, MHA
                     Director, Health System Imaging Services
                     UT Southwestern Medical Center
                     5909 Harry Hines Blvd.
                     Dallas, Texas 75390-8827
                     Tel: (214) 645-5110
                     Fax: (214) 645-5452
                     Email: Michael.Medina@UTSouthwestern.edu


      University specifically instructs all interested parties to restrict all contact and questions
      regarding this RFP to written communications forwarded to the University Contact. The
      University Contact must receive all questions or concerns no later than the close of
      business day March 13, 2009. University will have a reasonable amount of time to
      respond to questions or concerns. It is University‟s intent to respond to all appropriate
      questions and concerns; however, University reserves the right to decline to respond to
      any question or concern.

2.3   Criteria for Selection

      The successful Proposer, if any, selected by University in accordance with the
      requirements and specifications set forth in this RFP will be the Proposer that submits a
      proposal in response to this RFP on or before the Submittal Deadline that is the most
      advantageous to University. The successful Proposer is referred to as the “Contractor.”

      Proposer is encouraged to propose terms and conditions offering the maximum benefit
      to University in terms of (1) services to University, (2) total overall cost to University, and
      (3) project management expertise. Proposers should describe all educational, state and
      local government discounts, as well as any other applicable discounts that may be
      available to University in a contract for the Services.

      An evaluation team from University will evaluate proposals. The evaluation of proposals
      and the selection of the Contractor will be based on the information provided by
      Proposer in its proposal. University may give consideration to additional information if
      University deems such information relevant.


      The criteria to be considered by University in evaluating proposals and selecting the
      Contractor, will be those factors listed below:

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      2.3.1    the cost of goods and services;
      2.3.2    the reputation of the Proposer and of the Proposer's goods or services;
      2.3.3    the quality of the Proposer's goods or services;
      2.3.4    the extent to which the goods or services meet the University's needs;
      2.3.5    the Proposer's past relationship with the University;
      2.3.6    the impact on the ability of the University to comply with laws and rules relating
               to historically underutilized businesses and to the procurement of goods and
               services from persons with disabilities; and
      2.3.7    the total long-term cost to the University of acquiring the Proposer's goods or
               services.

      The Proposer selected will be the respondent whose proposal, as presented in the
      response to this request, is the most advantageous to the University. The University
      personnel will evaluate proposals and selection of the supplier for this award will be
      based on, but not limited to, the following factors:

      2.3.8    System performance: reliability, capability, and flexibility.
      2.3.9    Image quality.
      2.3.10   Dose efficiency.
      2.3.11   Future technology enhancements and upgrades.
      2.3.12   Ease of use.
      2.3.13   Attentiveness and responsiveness to customer needs and requests.
      2.3.14   Overall system integration.
      2.3.15   Overall cost.
      2.3.16   Delivery and installation time.
      2.3.17   DICOM compatibility.
      2.3.18   Site planning.
      2.3.19   Warranty.
      2.3.20   Service.
      2.3.21   References.

      The most important criterion will be the projected capability of the system to provide a
      complete multi-slice CT scanner suitable for brain imaging and general clinical exams.
      Minimum required performance specifications, to be guaranteed by the Proposer, are
      outlined in this RFP. Vendors are encouraged to provide typical specifications and
      criteria that exceed these minimum thresholds, and to define how often these typical
      specifications can be satisfied. The successful applicant will offer additional equipment,
      enhancements, capabilities, features, and upgrades.


2.4   Key Events Schedule

      Issuance of RFP                             February 20, 2009

      Pre-Proposal Conference                     Not Applicable
      (ref. Section 2.6 of this RFP)

      Deadline for Questions/Concerns             March 13, 2009
      (ref. Section 2.2 of this RFP)

       Submittal Deadline                         3 p.m. Central Prevailing
      (ref. Section 2.1 of this RFP)              March 20, 2009

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2.5   Historically Underutilized Businesses

      2.5.1   All agencies of the State of Texas are required to make a good faith effort to
              assist historically underutilized businesses (each a “HUB”) in receiving contract
              awards. The goal of the HUB program is to promote full and equal business
              opportunity for all businesses in contracting with state agencies. Pursuant to the
              HUB program, if under the terms of any agreement or contractual arrangement
              resulting from this RFP, the Contractor subcontracts any of the Services, then the
              Contractor must make a good faith effort to utilize HUBs certified by the Texas
              Building and Procurement Commission. Proposals that fail to comply with the
              requirements contained in this Section 2.5 will constitute a material failure to
              comply with advertised specifications and will be rejected by the University as
              non-responsive. Additionally, compliance with good faith effort guidelines is a
              condition precedent to awarding any agreement or contractual arrangement
              resulting from this RFP. Proposer acknowledges that, if selected by University,
              its obligation to make a good faith effort to utilize HUBs when subcontracting any
              of the Services will continue throughout the term of all agreements and
              contractual arrangements resulting from this RFP.               Furthermore, any
              subcontracting of the Services by the Proposer is subject to review by the
              University to ensure compliance with the HUB program.


      2.5.2   The University has reviewed this RFP in accordance with Chapter 1, Texas
              Administrative Code, Section 111.14, and has determined that subcontracting
              opportunities are probable under this RFP.


      2.5.3   A HUB Subcontracting Plan (“HSP”) is required as part of Proposer‟s proposal.
              The HSP will be developed and administered in accordance with University‟s
              Policy on Utilization of Historically Underutilized Businesses attached as
              APPENDIX TWO and incorporated for all purposes.

              Each Proposer must complete and return the HSP in accordance with the terms
              and conditions of this RFP, including APPENDIX TWO. Proposers that fail to do
              so will be considered non-responsive to this RFP in accordance with Section
              2161.252, Government Code.

              The Contractor will not be permitted to change its HSP unless: (1) the Contractor
              completes a newly modified version of the HSP in accordance with the terms of
              APPENDIX TWO that sets forth all changes requested by the Contractor, (2) the
              Contractor provides the University with such a modified version of the HSP, (3)
              the University approves the modified HSP in writing, and (4) all agreements or
              contractual arrangements resulting from this RFP are amended in writing by the
              University and the Contractor to conform to the modified HSP.

      2.5.4   Proposer must submit six (6) originals of the HSP to the University at the same
              time it submits its proposal to the University (ref. Section 3.2 of this RFP.) The
              six (6) originals of the HSP must be submitted under separate cover and in a
              separate envelope (the “HSP Envelope”). Proposer must ensure that the top
              outside surface of its HSP Envelope clearly shows and makes visible:



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            2.5.4.1   the RFP No. (ref. Section 1.3 of this RFP) and the Submittal Deadline
                      (ref. Section 2.1 of this RFP), both located in the lower left hand corner
                      of the top surface of the envelope,

            2.5.4.2   the name and the return address of the Proposer, and

            2.5.4.3   the phrase “HUB Subcontracting Plan”.

            Any proposal submitted in response to this RFP that is not accompanied by a
            separate HSP Envelope meeting the above requirements will be rejected by the
            University and returned to the Proposer unopened as that proposal will be
            considered non-responsive due to material failure to comply with advertised
            specifications. Furthermore, the University will open a Proposer’s HSP Envelope
            prior to opening the proposal submitted by the Proposer, in order to ensure that
            the Proposer has submitted the number of completed and signed originals of the
            Proposer’s HSP that are required by this RFP. A Proposer’s failure to submit the
            number of completed and signed originals of the HSP that are required by this
            RFP will result in the University’s rejection of the proposal submitted by that
            Proposer as non-responsive due to material failure to comply with advertised
            specifications; such a proposal will be returned to the Proposer unopened. (Ref.
            Section 1.5 of Appendix One to this RFP.) Note: The requirement that
            Proposer provide two originals of the HSP under this Section 2.5.4 is separate
            from and does not affect Proposer’s obligation to provide the University with the
            number of copies of its proposal as specified in Section 3.1 of this RFP.

2.6 Pre-Proposal Conference

            There will be no pre- proposal conference scheduled for this Request for
            Proposal.




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                                          SECTION 3

                                  SUBMISSION OF PROPOSAL


3.1   Number of Copies

      Proposer must submit a total of six (6) complete and identical hard copies of its entire
      proposal and one (1) electronic copy. An original signature by an authorized officer of
      Proposer must appear on the Execution of Offer (ref. Section 2 of APPENDIX ONE) of
      at least one (1) copy of the submitted proposal. The copy of the Proposer‟s proposal
      bearing an original signature should contain the mark “original” on the front cover of the
      proposal.

3.2   Submission

      Proposals must be received by University on or before the Submittal Deadline (ref.
      Section 2.1 of this RFP) and should be delivered to:

                  Scott Kendall, Director Materials Management University Hospitals
                  Attention: Purchasing Department
                  5909 Harry Hines Blvd.
                  Dallas, TX 75390-9226

3.3   Proposal Validity Period

      Each proposal must state that it will remain valid for University‟s acceptance for a
      minimum of ninety (90) days after the Submittal Deadline, to allow time for evaluation,
      selection, and any unforeseen delays.


3.4   Terms and Conditions

      3.4.1   Proposer must comply with the requirements and specifications contained in this
              RFP, the Terms and Conditions (ref. Section 4 of this RFP), the Notice to
              Proposer (ref. Section 2 of this RFP), Proposal Requirements (ref. APPENDIX
              ONE) and the Specifications and Additional Questions (ref. Section 5 of this
              RFP). If there is a conflict among the provisions in this RFP, the provision
              requiring Proposer to supply the better quality or greater quantity of services will
              prevail, or if such conflict does not involve quality or quantity, then interpretation
              will be in the following order of precedence:

                       3.4.1.1.      Specifications and Additional Questions (ref. Section 5 of
                                     this RFP);

                       3.4.1.2.      Terms and Conditions (ref. Section 4 of this RFP);

                       3.4.1.3.      Proposal Requirements (ref. APPENDIX ONE);

                       3.4.1.4.      Notice to Proposers (ref. Section 2 of this RFP).




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3.5   Submittal Checklist

      Proposer is instructed to complete, sign, and return the following documents as a part of
      its proposal. If Proposer fails to return each of the following items with its proposal, then
      University may reject the proposal:

      3.5.1   Signed and Completed Execution of Offer (ref. Section 2 of APPENDIX ONE)

      3.5.2   Signed and Completed Pricing and Delivery Schedule (ref. Section 6 of this
              RFP)

      3.5.3   Responses to Proposer's General Questionnaire (ref. Section 3 of APPENDIX
              ONE)

      3.5.4   Responses to questions and requests for information in the Specifications and
              Additional Questions Section (ref. Section 5 of this RFP)

      3.5.5   Signed and completed originals of the HUB Subcontracting Plan (ref. Section 2.5
              of this RFP and APPENDIX TWO).




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                                         SECTION 4

                           GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS


4.1   General

      The terms and conditions contained in this Section 4 or, in the sole discretion of
      University, terms and conditions substantially similar to these terms and conditions, will
      be included in any contract or agreement that results from this RFP (ref. Section 1.4 of
      APPENDIX ONE).


      As indicated in Section 2.3 of this RFP, the successful Proposer is referred to as the
      “Contractor.”



4.2   Family Code Child Support Certification

      Pursuant to Section 231.006, Family Code, Contractor certifies that it is not ineligible to
      receive the award of or payments under this Agreement and acknowledges that this
      Agreement may be terminated and payment may be withheld if this certification is
      inaccurate.


4.3   Eligibility Certification

      Pursuant to Section 2155.004, Government Code, Contractor certifies that the individual
      or business entity named in this Agreement has not received compensation for
      participation in the preparation of the Request for Proposal related to this Agreement
      and is not ineligible to receive the award of or payments under this Agreement; and
      acknowledges that this Agreement may be terminated and payment withheld if this
      certification is inaccurate.


4.4   Tax Certification

      If Contractor is a taxable entity as defined by Chapter 171, Texas Tax Code (“Chapter
      171”), then Contractor certifies that it is not currently delinquent in the payment of any
      taxes due under Chapter 171, or that Contractor is exempt from the payment of those
      taxes, or that Contractor is an out-of-state taxable entity that is not subject to those
      taxes, whichever is applicable.


4.5   Payment of Debt or Delinquency to the State

      Pursuant to Sections 2107.008 and 2252.903, Government Code, Contractor agrees
      that any payments owing to Contractor under this Agreement may be applied directly
      toward any debt or delinquency that Contractor owes the State of Texas or any agency
      of the State of Texas regardless of when it arises, until such debt or delinquency is paid
      in full.


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4.6   Products and Materials Produced in Texas

      If Contractor will provide services under this Agreement, Contractor covenants and
      agrees that in accordance with Section 2155.4441, Government Code, in performing its
      duties and obligations under this Agreement, the Contractor shall purchase products and
      materials produced in Texas when such products and materials are available at a price
      and delivery time comparable to products and materials produced outside of Texas.




4.7   Notices

      Except as otherwise provided in this Section, all notices, consents, approvals, demands,
      requests or other communications provided for or permitted to be given under any of the
      provisions of this Agreement shall be in writing and shall be deemed to have been duly
      given or served when delivered by hand delivery or when deposited in the U.S. mail by
      registered or certified mail, return receipt requested, postage prepaid, and addressed as
      follows:

      If to University:     UT Southwestern University Hospitals
                            5909 Harry Hines Blvd
                            Dallas, TX 75390-9226
                            Attention: Scott Kendall
                            Fax: 214-645-1108
                            Email: scott.kendall@utsouthwestern.edu


      If to Contractor:     _________________________
                            Street Address: ____________
                            _________________________
                            Attention: _________________
                            Fax: _____________________
                            Email: ___________________

      or such other person or address as may be given in writing by either party to the other in
      accordance with the aforesaid.


4.8   State Auditor’s Office

      Contractor understands that acceptance of funds under this Agreement constitutes
      acceptance of the authority of the Texas State Auditor's Office, or any successor agency
      (collectively, “Auditor”), to conduct an audit or investigation in connection with those
      funds pursuant to Sections 51.9335(c), 73.115(c) and 74.008(c), Education Code.
      Contractor agrees to cooperate with the Auditor in the conduct of the audit or
      investigation, including without limitation providing all records requested. Contractor will
      include this provision in all contracts with permitted subcontractors.


4.9   Venue; Governing Law

      Dallas County, Texas, shall be the proper place of venue for suit on or in respect of this
      Agreement. This Agreement and all of the rights and obligations of the parties hereto
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       and all of the terms and conditions hereof shall be construed, interpreted and applied in
       accordance with and governed by and enforced under the laws of the State of Texas.


4.10   Breach of Contract Claims

       4.10.1 To the extent that Chapter 2260, Government Code, as it may be amended from
              time to time ("Chapter 2260"), is applicable to this Agreement and is not
              preempted by other applicable law, the dispute resolution process provided for in
              Chapter 2260 will be used, as further described herein, by University and
              Contractor to attempt to resolve any claim for breach of contract made by
              Contractor:

              4.10.1.1 Contractor‟s claims for breach of this Agreement that the parties cannot
                       resolve pursuant to other provisions of this Agreement or in the ordinary
                       course of business will be submitted to the negotiation process provided
                       in subchapter B of Chapter 2260. To initiate the process, Contractor will
                       submit written notice, as required by subchapter B of Chapter 2260, to
                       University in accordance with the notice provisions in this Agreement.
                       Contractor's notice will specifically state that the provisions of
                       subchapter B of Chapter 2260 are being invoked, the date and nature of
                       the event giving rise to the claim, the specific contract provision that
                       University allegedly breached, the amount of damages Contractor
                       seeks, and the method used to calculate the damages. Compliance by
                       Contractor with subchapter B of Chapter 2260 is a required prerequisite
                       to Contractor's filing of a contested case proceeding under subchapter
                       C of Chapter 2260. The Chief Business Officer of University, or the
                       other officer of University as may be designated from time to time by
                       University by written notice thereof to Contractor in accordance with the
                       notice provisions in this Agreement, will examine Contractor's claim and
                       any counterclaim and negotiate with Contractor in an effort to resolve
                       the claims.

              4.10.1.2 If the parties are unable to resolve their disputes under Section 4.11.1.1,
                        the contested case process provided in subchapter C of Chapter 2260
                        is Contractor‟s sole and exclusive process for seeking a remedy for any
                        and all of Contractor's claims for breach of this Agreement by
                        University.

              4.10.1.3 Compliance with the contested case process provided in subchapter C
                       of Chapter 2260 is a required prerequisite to seeking consent to sue
                       from the Legislature under Chapter 107, Civil Practices and Remedies
                       Code. The parties hereto specifically agree that (i) neither the execution
                       of this Agreement by University nor any other conduct, action or inaction
                       of any representative of University relating to this Agreement constitutes
                       or is intended to constitute a waiver of University's or the state's
                       sovereign immunity to suit and (ii) University has not waived its right to
                       seek redress in the courts.

       4.10.2 The submission, processing and resolution of Contractor‟s claim is governed by
              the published rules adopted by the Texas Attorney General pursuant to Chapter
              2260, as currently effective, thereafter enacted or subsequently amended.


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       4.10.3 University and Contractor agree that any periods set forth in this Agreement for
              notice and cure of defaults are not waived.


4.11   Compliance with Law

Contractor is aware of, is fully informed about, and in full compliance with its obligations under
existing applicable law and regulations, including but not limited to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act
of 1964, as amended (42 USC 2000(D)), Executive Order 11246, as amended (41 CFR 60-1
and 60-2), Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Act of 1974, as amended (41 CFR 60-250),
Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (41 CFR 60-741), Age Discrimination Act of 1975 (42
USC 6101 et seq.), Non-segregated Facilities (41 CFR 60-1), Omnibus Budget Reconciliation
Provision, Section 952, Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, Sections 6, 7, and 12, as amended,
Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, and Utilization of Small Business Concerns and
Small Business Concerns Owned and Controlled by Socially and Economically Disadvantaged
Individuals (PL 96-507), the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 USC 12101 et seq.), the
Civil Rights Act of 1991 and all laws and regulations and executive orders as are applicable.


4.12   University’s Right to Audit

At any time during the term of this Agreement and for a period of four (4) years thereafter
University or a duly authorized audit representative of University, or the State of Texas, at its
expense and at reasonable times, reserves the right to audit Contractor's records and books
relevant to all services provided under this Agreement. In the event such an audit by University
reveals any errors/overpayments by University, Contractor shall refund University the full
amount of such overpayments within thirty (30) days of such audit findings, or University, at its
option, reserves the right to deduct such amounts owing University from any payments due
Contractor.


4.13   Access to Documents

To the extent applicable to this Agreement, in accordance with Section 1861(v)(I)(i) of the Social
Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395x) as amended, and the provisions of 42 CFR Section 420.300, et
seq., Contractor agrees to allow, during and for a period of not less than four (4) years after the
Agreement term, access to this Agreement and its books, documents, and records; and
contracts between Contractor and its subcontractors or related organizations, including books,
documents and records relating to same, by the Comptroller General of the United States, the
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and their duly authorized representatives.


4.14   Insurance


       4.14.1 Contractor, consistent with its status as an independent contractor, will carry at least
              the following insurance in the form, with the companies and in the amounts (unless
              otherwise specified) as University may require:

               4.14.1.1 Workers‟ Compensation Insurance with statutory limits, and Employer‟s
                        Liability Insurance with limit of not less than One Million Dollars
                        ($1,000,000) per accident or disease. Policies must include All States
                        Endorsement and a waiver of all rights of subrogation and other rights
                        against the University;
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        4.14.1.2 Commercial General Liability insurance, including Blanket Contractual
                 Liability, Broad Form Property Damage, Personal and Advertising Injury,
                 Completed Operations/Products Liability, Medical Expenses, Interest of
                 Employees as additional insureds and Broad Form General Liability
                 Endorsements, for at least One Million Dollars ($1,000,000) per
                 occurrence on an occurrence basis;

        4.14.1.3 Commercial Automobile Liability insurance covering all owned, non-owned
                 or hired automobiles to be used by Contractor, with coverage for at least
                 One Million Dollars ($1,000,000) Combined Single Limit Bodily Injury and
                 Property Damage;

4.14.2 Contractor will deliver to University:

        4.14.1.1 Evidence satisfactory to University in its sole discretion, evidencing the
                 existence of all the insurance promptly after the execution and delivery
                 hereof and prior to the performance or continued performance of any
                 services to be performed by Contractor hereunder from or after the date of
                 this Agreement; and

        4.14.1.2 Additional evidence, satisfactory to University in its sole discretion, of the
                 continued existence of all required insurance not less than thirty (30) days
                 prior to the expiration of any required insurance. If, however, Contractor
                 fails to pay any of the renewal premiums for the expiring policies,
                 University will have the right to make the payments and set-off the amount
                 thereof against the next payment coming due to Contractor under this
                 Agreement.

        Such insurance policies, with the exception of Workers‟ Compensation and
        Employer‟s Liability, will name and the evidence will reflect University as an
        Additional Insured and will provide that the policies will not be canceled until after
        thirty (30) days' unconditional written notice to University, giving University the right
        to pay the premium to maintain coverage, in which event Section 11.2.2 will apply.

4.14.3 The insurance policies required in this Agreement will be kept in force for the
       periods specified below:

        4.14.3.1 Commercial General Liability Insurance, and

        4.14.3.2 Workers' Compensation Insurance and Employer‟s Liability Insurance will
                 be kept in force until the Services have been fully performed and accepted
                 by University in writing.




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4.15   Indemnification

       4.15.1 TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW , CONTRACTOR WILL AND DOES HEREBY
              AGREE TO INDEMNIFY, PROTECT, DEFEND WITH COUNSEL APPROVED BY UNIVERSITY,
              AND HOLD HARMLESS UNIVERSITY AND THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM, AND
              THEIR RESPECTIVE AFFILIATED ENTERPRISES, REGENTS, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS,
              ATTORNEYS, EMPLOYEES, REPRESENTATIVES AND AGENTS (COLLECTIVELY
              “INDEMNITEES”) FROM AND AGAINST ALL DAMAGES, LOSSES, LIENS, CAUSES OF
              ACTION, SUITS, JUDGMENTS, EXPENSES (INCLUDING REASONABLE ATTORNEYS‟ FEES),
              AND OTHER CLAIMS OF ANY NATURE, KIND, OR DESCRIPTION (COLLECTIVELY
              “CLAIMS”) BY ANY PERSON OR ENTITY, ARISING OUT OF, CAUSED BY, OR RESULTING
              FROM CONTRACTOR‟S PERFORMANCE UNDER THIS AGREEMENT AND THAT ARE
              CAUSED IN WHOLE OR IN PART BY ANY NEGLIGENT ACT, NEGLIGENT OMISSION OR
              WILLFUL MISCONDUCT OF CONTRACTOR, ANYONE DIRECTLY EMPLOYED BY
              CONTRACTOR OR ANYONE FOR WHOSE ACTS CONTRACTOR MAY BE LIABLE. THE
              PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION WILL NOT BE CONSTRUED TO ELIMINATE OR REDUCE
              ANY OTHER INDEMNIFICATION OR RIGHT WHICH ANY INDEMNITEE HAS BY LAW OR
              EQUITY.

       4.15.2 IN ADDITION, CONTRACTOR WILL AND DOES HEREBY AGREE TO INDEMNIFY, PROTECT,
              DEFEND WITH COUNSEL APPROVED BY UNIVERSITY, AND HOLD HARMLESS
              INDEMNITEES FROM AND AGAINST ALL CLAIMS ARISING FROM INFRINGEMENT OR
              ALLEGED INFRINGEMENT OF ANY PATENT, COPYRIGHT, TRADEMARK OR OTHER
              PROPRIETARY INTEREST ARISING BY OR OUT OF THE PERFORMANCE OF SERVICES OR
              THE PROVISION OF GOODS BY CONTRACTOR, OR THE USE BY INDEMNITEES, AT THE
              DIRECTION OF CONTRACTOR, OF ANY ARTICLE OR MATERIAL; PROVIDED, THAT, UPON
              BECOMING AWARE OF A SUIT OR THREAT OF SUIT FOR INFRINGEMENT, UNIVERSITY
              WILL PROMPTLY NOTIFY CONTRACTOR AND CONTRACTOR WILL BE GIVEN THE
              OPPORTUNITY TO NEGOTIATE A SETTLEMENT. IN THE EVENT OF LITIGATION,
              UNIVERSITY AGREES TO REASONABLY COOPERATE WITH CONTRACTOR. ALL PARTIES
              WILL BE ENTITLED TO BE REPRESENTED BY COUNSEL AT THEIR OWN EXPENSE.



4.16   Publicity

Contractor agrees that it shall not publicize this Agreement or disclose, confirm or deny any
details thereof to third parties or use any photographs or video recordings of University 's
employees or use University's name in connection with any sales promotion or publicity event
without the prior express written approval of University.


4.17   Assignment of Overcharge Claims

Contractor hereby assigns to University any and all claims for overcharges associated with the
Contract arising under the antitrust laws of the United States, 15 U.S.C.A., Sec. 1 et seq., or
arising under the antitrust laws of the State of Texas, Business and Commerce Code, Sec.
15.01, et seq.


4.18   Observance of University Rules and Regulations

Contractor agrees that at all times its employees, agents and permitted subcontractors (if any)
will observe and comply with all regulations of the facilities, including but not limited to, no
smoking, parking and security regulations.
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4.19   Assignment and Subcontracting

Except as specifically provided in any Historically Underutilized Business Subcontracting Plan
(“HSP”) attached as Exhibit TWO to this Agreement and incorporated for all purposes, neither
Contractor's interest in this Agreement, its duties and obligations under this Agreement nor fees
due to Contractor under this Agreement may be subcontracted, assigned, delegated or
otherwise transferred to a third party, in whole or in part, and any attempt to do so will (1) not be
binding on University; and (2) be a breach of this Agreement for which Contractor will be subject
to any remedial actions provided by Texas law, including Chapter 2161, Government Code, and
1 Texas Administrative Code (“TAC”) Section 111.14. University may report nonperformance
under this Agreement to the Texas Building and Procurement Commission (“TBPC”) in
accordance with 1 TAC Chapter 113, Subchapter F, Vendor Performance and Debarment
Program. The benefits and burdens of this Agreement are, however, assignable by University.


4.20   Historically Underutilized Business Subcontracting Plan

If an HSP is attached to this Agreement, Contractor agrees to use good faith efforts to
subcontract the Services in accordance with the HSP. Contractor agrees to maintain business
records documenting its compliance with the HSP and to submit a monthly compliance report to
University in the format required by the TBPC. Submission of compliance reports will be
required as a condition for payment under this Agreement. If University determines that
Contractor has failed to subcontract as set out in the HSP, University will notify Contractor of
any deficiencies and give Contractor an opportunity to submit documentation and explain why
the failure to comply with the HSP should not be attributed to a lack of good faith effort by
Contractor. If University determines that Contractor failed to implement the HSP in good faith,
University, in addition to any other remedies, may report nonperformance to the TBPC in
accordance with 1 TAC Chapter 113, Subchapter F, Vendor Performance and Debarment
Program. University may also revoke this Agreement for breach and make a claim against the
Contractor.


4.21   Payment

University agrees to pay fees due under this Agreement in accordance with the Texas Prompt
Payment Act (“Act”), Chapter 2251, Government Code. Pursuant to the Act, payment shall be
deemed late on the 31st day after the later of: 1) the date the performance of the Services under
this Agreement are completed, or 2) the date University receives an invoice for the Services.
University will be responsible for interest on overdue payments equal to the sum of: 1) one
percent, plus 2) the prime rate as published in the Wall Street Journal on the first day of July of
the preceding fiscal year (University‟s fiscal year begins September 1) that does not fall on a
Saturday or Sunday.


4.22   Limitations

The parties to this Agreement are aware that there are constitutional and statutory limitations on
the authority of the University (a state agency) to enter into certain terms and conditions of this
Agreement, including, but not limited to, those terms and conditions relating to disclaimers and
limitations of warranties; disclaimers and limitations of liability for damages; waivers, disclaimers
and limitations of legal rights, remedies, requirements and processes; limitations of periods to
bring legal action; granting control of litigation or settlement to another party; liability for acts or
omissions of third parties; payment of attorneys‟ fees; dispute resolution; indemnities; and
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confidentiality (collectively, the “Limitations”), and terms and conditions related to the
Limitations shall not be binding on University except to the extent authorized by the laws and
Constitution of the State of Texas.


4.23   Affirmative Action

Contractor agrees that a written copy of Contractor‟s Civil Rights "Affirmative Action Compliance
Program" will be provided simultaneously with this Agreement and incorporated for all purposes,
or if Contractor is not required to have such a written program, the reason Contractor is not
subject to such requirement will be provided in writing.


4.24   OSHA Compliance

Contractor represents and warrants that all articles and services furnished under this Agreement
meet or exceed the safety standards established and promulgated under the Federal
Occupational Safety and Health Law (Public Law 91-598) and its regulations in effect or
proposed as of the date of this Agreement.


4.25   Certifications of Nonsegregated Facilities and Equal Employment Opportunities
       Compliance

Contractor certifies that, except for restrooms and wash rooms and one (1) or more lactation
rooms each of which is segregated on the basis of sex: (1) it does not maintain or provide for its
employees any segregated facilities at any of its establishments and that it does not permit its
employees to perform their services at any location under its control where segregated facilities
are maintained; (2) it will not maintain or provide for its employees any segregated facilities at
any of its establishments; and (3) it will not permit its employees to perform their services at any
location under its control where segregated facilities are maintained. Contractor agrees that a
breach of this certification is a violation of the Equal Opportunity clause in this Agreement. The
term "segregated facilities" means any waiting rooms, work area, rest rooms and wash rooms,
entertainment areas, transportation, or housing facilities provided for employees which are
segregated by explicit directive or are in fact segregated on the basis of race, color, religion,
sex, or national origin, because of habit, local custom, or otherwise. Contractor further agrees
that, except where it has contracts prior to the award with subcontractors exceeding $10,000.00
which are not exempt from the provisions of the Equal Opportunity clause, Contractor will retain
such certifications for each one of its subcontractors in Contractor‟s‟ files, and that it will forward
the following notice to all proposed subcontractors (except where the proposed subcontractors
have submitted identical certifications for specific time periods):

       NOTICE TO PROSPECTIVE SUBCONTRACTORS OF REQUIREMENTS FOR
       CERTIFICATIONS OF NONSEGREGATED FACILITIES - A Certification on
       Nonsegregated Facilities must be submitted prior to the award of any subcontract
       exceeding $10,000.00 which is not exempt from the provisions of the Equal
       Opportunity clause. The certification may be submitted either for each subcontract
       or for all subcontracts during a period (i.e. quarterly, semiannually, or annually).

Contractor understands that the penalty for making false statements regarding the subject
matters of this Section is prescribed in 18 U.S.C. 1001.



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4.26   Premises Rules

If this Agreement requires Contractor‟s presence on University's premises or in University‟s
facilities, Contractor agrees to cause its representatives, agents, employees and permitted
subcontractors (if any) to become aware of, fully informed about, and in full compliance with all
applicable University rules and policies, including, without limitation, those relative to personal
health, security, environmental quality, safety, fire prevention, noise, smoking, and access
restrictions.


4.27   Debarment

Contractor confirms that neither Contractor nor its Principals are suspended, debarred,
proposed for debarment, declared ineligible, or voluntarily excluded from the award of contracts
from United States (“U.S.”) federal government procurement or nonprocurement programs, or
are listed in the List of Parties Excluded from Federal Procurement or Nonprocurement
Programs issued by the U.S. General Services Administration. “Principals” means officers,
directors, owners, partners, and persons having primary management or supervisory
responsibilities within a business entity (e.g. general manager, plant manager, head of a
subsidiary, division or business segment, and similar positions). Contractor shall provide
immediate written notification to University if, at any time prior to award, Contractor learns that
this certification was erroneous when submitted or has become erroneous by reason of
changed circumstances. This certification is a material representation of fact upon which
reliance will be placed when University executes this Agreement. If it is later determined that
Contractor knowingly rendered an erroneous certification, in addition to the other remedies
available to University, University may terminate this Agreement for default by Contractor.


4.28   Office of Inspector General Certification

Contractor acknowledges that University is prohibited by federal regulations from allowing any
employee, subcontractor, or agent of Contractor to work on site at University‟s premises or
facilities if that individual is not eligible to work on federal healthcare programs such as
Medicare, Medicaid, or other similar federal programs. Therefore, Contractor shall not assign
any employee, subcontractor or agent that appears on the List of Excluded Individuals issued by
the United States Office of the Inspector General ("OIG") to work on site at University‟s
premises or facilities. Contractor shall perform an OIG sanctions check quarterly on each of its
employees, subcontractors and agents during the time such employees, subcontractors and
agents are assigned to work on site at University‟s premises or facilities. Contractor
acknowledges that University will require immediate removal of any employee, subcontractor or
agent of Contractor assigned to work at University„s premises or facilities if such employee,
subcontractor or agent is found to be on the OIG's List of Excluded Individuals. The OIG's List of
Excluded Individuals may be accessed through the following Internet website:
http://www.dhhs.gov/progorg/oig/cumsan/index.htm.




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                                          SECTION 5

                     SPECIFICATIONS AND ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS


5.1    General

A point-by-point response (with numerical reference to the section number) to the specifications
and requirements in Section 5 of this document is required. ALL RESPONSES TO
QUESTIONS          MUST       BE      GIVEN        IN        THE      FOLLOWING        FORMAT:
SECTION      REFERENCE--RESTATE            QUESTION--VENDOR WRITTEN                  RESPONSE.
Attaching a manufacturer's system specifications brochure does not constitute an acceptable
response. No response or insufficient information will be regarded as an exception to that
requirement and will be considered to reflect an inability to meet that requirement. FAILURE TO
PROVIDE A POINT-BY-POINT RESPONSE WILL BE CONSIDERED TO BE
NONRESPONSIVE              TO          THE          REQUEST               FOR        PROPOSAL.

The minimum requirements and the specifications for the Services, as well as certain requests
for information to be provided by Proposer as part of its proposal, are set forth below. The
Proposer should provide a complete set of specification sheets for all equipment offered. As
indicated in Section 2.3 of this RFP, the successful Proposer is referred to as the “Contractor.”

The basic requirements for the desired multi-slice CT system are described in starting in
Section 5.2. The response should specify the components of the system and the capabilities
and specifications of each item. If minimum requirements are given, the response should
indicate that these requirements are met (and the extent to which they are exceeded), or that
the vendor specification does not meet the minimum requirement (and the extent to which it
does not). Any further explanations or data should be referenced and submitted as an
additional part of the proposal.

The response should include a list of every option available on the proposed system with the
corresponding price. The upgrades discussion should include any works-in-progress that the
vendor wishes to share. In addition, specify whether we have the option to acquire the
described works-in-progress with a “not to exceed” pricing at time of purchase. The warranty
section should include information about the response times for repairs and delivery of parts,
the definitions of the operational vs. down time of the system, and penalties for failure to
perform as specified. The service and maintenance description should contain information
about the number of local service personnel trained and certified to repair the proposed system,
and where they will be headquartered. The documentation response should describe the
manuals and schematics and other system information to be provided.

5.2    Technical Specifications

       5.2.1   General Technical Requirements.

               The system shall be a complete installed state-of-the-art 64-slice (or 64+-slice)
               multi-slice computed tomography scanner system. The scanner must be fully
               equipped for brain imaging and general clinical exam studies. Hardware and
               software packages for axial, helical, and dynamic scanning, multi-planar
               reformatting, 3-D imaging, CT Angiography, and CT Fluoroscopy shall be
               included. A scanner controlled injector for the timed delivery of contrast is
               required.


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5.2.2   X-ray Generator

        5.2.2.1   Power - Must be at least a 48 kW generator.

        5.2.2.2   kVp range available - 80 kVp to 140 kVp required.

        5.2.2.3   mA range available - A range from 30 mA to 400 mA must be
                  available, with mA steps across most of this range of no more than 50
                  mA. The mA range and steps should be stated.

        5.2.2.4   Wave-form - The generator must be of the high frequency or constant
                  potential type.

        5.2.2.5   Power Requirements – The proposal must include specific details
                  regarding power requirements, and must include details of any power
                  conditioning needed for the installation.       The vendor shall be
                  responsible for any required power conditioning and should itemize
                  these costs. All relevant information should be provided including but
                  not limited to the acceptable voltage variation, the allowable duration
                  of sags, and the tolerance for power spikes and surges. The selected
                  vendor will be responsible for checking the supplied power prior to
                  installation. The vendor will be responsible for the power conditioning
                  if the supplied power meets the specifications submitted in the RFP
                  but is still not acceptable for the optimum operation of the equipment.
                  Any power conditioning required after installation has begun will be
                  the responsibility of the vendor.

        5.2.2.6   Utility Requirements - The proposal must provide detailed
                  specifications for all electrical, mechanical, HVAC and plumbing
                  requirements.

5.2.3   X-ray Tube

        5.2.3.1   Anode heat capacity - An anode heat capacity of 5 million heat units
                  or greater is required.

        5.2.3.2   Anode heat dissipation - Higher cooling rates are strongly preferred.

        5.2.3.3   A maximum anode cooling rate greater than 1 MHU/minute is
                  required.

        5.2.3.4   A continuous anode cooling rate greater than 5.5 MHU/minute is
                  required.

        5.2.3.5   Heat transfer - The housing heat transfer capacity and housing
                  cooling technique must be stated in the proposal, and the vendor
                  should include details that offer competitive tube-to-housing or
                  housing dissipation advantages.

        5.2.3.6   Focal spot size - A dual focal spot x-ray tube is required. The size of
                  the focal spots should not be larger than 0.5 mm and 1.0 mm. Focal
                  spot sizes must be stated in the proposal, as NEMA nominal sizes.

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        5.2.3.7   Tube life - The guaranteed and expected tube life must be stated in
                  the proposal. The method of calculating the tube life for both
                  conventional and helical scanning should be stated in the proposal.

        5.2.3.8   Tube design - A brief description of the X-ray tube construction should
                  be given.

        5.2.3.9   Tube replacement time - The time required to replace the x-ray tube,
                  perform any necessary recalibration, and return the CT unit to a
                  condition for routine patient scanning must be stated as part of the
                  proposal.

5.2.4   Patient Table

        5.2.4.1   Configuration - A cantilevered table with single pedestal mount is
                  required.

        5.2.4.2   Weight limit - The maximum weight limit table available is required.
                  The weight limit specification must be that for normal operation of the
                  table (i.e., no degradation of positioning or registration specifications).

        5.2.4.3   X-ray attenuation - Low x-ray attenuation is required. Attenuation
                  data is required as part of the proposal; either a simple measure such
                  as equivalent thickness of aluminum at some stated kVp, or as table
                  composition by element and actual thickness from which attenuation
                  can be derived.

        5.2.4.4   Vertical travel – The vertical range and drive speeds of the table
                  should be stated.

                  5.2.4.4.1   For the convenience of patients with compromised
                              mobility, a table that lowers to near the height of a chair
                              seat (56 cm or less) is required.

                  5.2.4.4.2   Rapid return drive to scanning height is required, and a
                              slower drive speed for accurate patient positioning is
                              required.

        5.2.4.5   Longitudinal travel

                  5.2.4.5.1   A total longitudinal range of greater than 170 cm is
                              required, with at least 160 cm of scannable range.

                  5.2.4.5.2   A high-speed positioning and low-speed final adjustment
                              drive is required.

                  5.2.4.5.3   A quick-release of driven motion, allowing free float of the
                              table top for rapid removal of the patient is required.

        5.2.4.6   Manual Adjustments

                  5.2.4.6.1   The patient table shall be fully adjustable in both height
                              and in axial position over the range of its motion permitted
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                              without collision, regardless of current position within the
                              gantry.
                  5.2.4.6.2   Positioning controls shall be accessible from both sides of
                              the bed. Digital displays of table position shall be visible
                              from both sides of the table and on the control console.

        5.2.4.7   Table increments for scanning

                  5.2.4.7.1   Inter-slice index distance (slice spacing) selections from
                              sub-millimeter to several centimeters are required.

                  5.2.4.7.2   Sub-millimeter accuracy and reproducibility are required
                              with a uniformly distributed load (patient weight) of at least
                              400 pounds, and the table must be capable of supporting
                              and driving at least 450 pound loads.

                  5.2.4.7.3   Details of the available scan increments, accuracy and
                              reproducibility with vendor-specified loads, and maximum
                              table load must be included in the proposal.

                  5.2.4.7.4   Inter-scan index times must be specified for typical short
                              and long index distances, so that the relationship between
                              index distance and maximum number of slices per unit
                              time is clear.

        5.2.4.8   Accessories - A full set of standard accessories such as table
                  extenders, positioning wedges, arm holders, head rests, etc. shall be
                  included. A list of included accessories should be stated in the
                  proposal.

        5.2.4.9   Drop Head Coronal Holder - A head rest that allows the head to drop
                  down for true coronal scans shall be bid as an option.

5.2.5   Scan Gantry

        5.2.5.1   Patient aperture

                  5.2.5.1.1   An aperture for the patient of at least 70 cm is required.

                  5.2.5.1.2   A safety mechanism to prevent patient-aperture contact is
                              required.

        5.2.5.2   Rotational times

                  5.2.5.2.1   The minimum gantry rotational time must be stated. All
                              rotational times available for either helical or axial scans
                              should be tabulated. Limitations on the use of any
                              rotational times should be delineated.

                  5.2.5.2.2   If special high speed rotational options are available, they
                              should be indicated as separately priced options.



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        5.2.5.3   Gantry tilt - A gantry tilt of 30o is required, and larger gantry tilt is
                  desired. Helical and axial scanning must be possible with a tilted
                  gantry.

        5.2.5.4   Patient positioning aids

                  5.2.5.4.1   All controls for patient positioning, positioning lights, table
                              release, and emergency off must be accessible from either
                              side of the table (e.g., dual controls).

                  5.2.5.4.2   External positioning lights that allow the patient to be
                              pre-positioned outside the gantry aperture, then inserted
                              into the scan plane for position check with scan plane
                              positioning lights are required.

        5.2.5.5   Scan geometry - A description of the scan geometry should be given.
                  Specify the focal spot to detector distance and focal spot to isocenter
                  distance.

        5.2.5.6   Slice thickness - The thinnest slice selection available must be 1 mm,
                  and the thickest must be at least 10 mm. All available slice thickness‟
                  should be specified.

        5.2.5.7   Scan speeds - The scan speeds for conventional standard resolution,
                  conventional high resolution, and helical scans shall be stated. The
                  method of determining scan speeds will be stated. High scan speeds
                  are preferred.

        5.2.5.8   Intercom - An intercom for communication between the control room
                  and the patient must be provided.

5.2.6   Helical Scan

        5.2.6.1   Scan range/time - A chart giving scan range/time combinations at
                  given kVp and mA values is required.

                  5.2.6.1.1   The maximum scan range for a 10 mm aperture at a 1:1
                              pitch shall be stated. This range must be at least 70 cm.
                  5.2.6.1.2   The maximum kVp and mA settings that can be used to
                              cover this range shall also be stated.
                  5.2.6.1.3   The delay time between two such scans shall be stated.
                              (i.e. the delay time from an initial scan at max. kVp, max.
                              mA, and max. scan range to another scan using the same
                              factors.)
                  5.2.6.1.4   The maximum continuous scan time shall be stated. This
                              time must be at least 70 sec.
                  5.2.6.1.5   The maximum kVp and mA settings that can be used for
                              this time shall also be stated.
                  5.2.6.1.6   The maximum scan range for a 2:1 pitch at this technique
                              shall be stated.

        5.2.6.2   Image Reconstruction


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                  5.2.6.2.1   Reconstruction of images must occur simultaneously with
                              scanning.
                  5.2.6.2.2   The time to reconstruct an image slice during scanning
                              shall be stated for each matrix size and resolution mode.
                              The reconstruction time for a 5122 must be less than 3
                              seconds per slice. Reconstruction time of 1 second or less
                              are strongly preferred.
                  5.2.6.2.3   The time to reconstruct an image slice retrospectively shall
                              be stated for each matrix size and resolution mode. The
                              reconstruction time for a 5122 must be less than 3 seconds
                              per slice.
                  5.2.6.2.4   The ability to program multiple prospective reconstructions,
                              using different processing algorithms, into a protocol is
                              strongly preferred. Specify the number of retrospective
                              algorithms that can be programmed.

        5.2.6.3   Maximum number of images per scan run - The maximum number of
                  images that can be acquired in a single run shall be stated.

        5.2.6.4   Variable pitch factor - The pitch should be adjustable from less than
                  1:1 to at least 2:1, providing at least 4 pitch options.

        5.2.6.5   Slice profiles - Slice sensitivity and dose profiles comparing helical
                  and conventional scanning shall be given for each supported pitch
                  ratio and slice thickness.

        5.2.6.6   Bi-directional scanning - The system shall be capable of performing
                  helical scans in both the cranial-caudal and caudal-cranial directions.
                  The time delay between bi-directional scans shall be stated.

        5.2.6.7   Variable FOV. - The system shall be capable of changing the field of
                  view (FOV) during helical acquisition. The time delay for changing
                  FOV shall be stated.

5.2.7   Image Performance Characteristics

        5.2.7.1   Spatial resolution - The maximum in-plane resolution should be
                  stated. Data for the in-plane resolution obtained with a realistic
                  clinical abdomen protocol, a realistic head protocol, and a realistic
                  inner-ear protocol should be provided. The technique, kernel, and
                  reconstruction parameter (including matrix size and reconstruction
                  diameter) information should be provided in each case. Adequate
                  information for estimating the radiation dose to the phantom must be
                  included.    The preferred phantom for this data would be the
                  CATPHAN CT phantom

        5.2.7.2   Noise - Noise measurements under the same three clinical protocols
                  listed above, obtained in a uniform phantom with near water (0 HU)
                  characteristic and having a diameter of 20 cm. The standard
                  deviation (in HU, not in relative percent) of an ROI located on the axis
                  of the phantom and having a diameter of 5 cm should be provided.
                  The uniformity section of the CATPHAN CT phantom is the preferred
                  phantom for this measurement.

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        5.2.7.3    Low contrast resolution - Low contrast performance in the CATPHAN
                   phantom should be demonstrated for the three specified protocols.

        5.2.7.4    The preferred way to communicate this information would be by
                   providing DICOM images on CD-R for each of the 9 tests requested.

        5.2.7.5    In addition to the above data, a copy of the manufacturer's published
                   specifications for spatial resolution, noise, and low-contrast
                   characteristics should be attached. The techniques and phantoms
                   used for the published specifications should be indicated. The
                   published specifications will be recognized to be the prevailing and
                   accepted values for these parameters, against which the delivered
                   machine will be compared.

5.2.8   Detector Subsystem

        A multislice detector assembly and data acquisition system with a minimum of 64
        slice acquisition is required. Higher slices is desirable, but if a substantial price
        differential exists between available models with higher slice numbers, separate
        proposals should be submitted

        Vendor must provide details of the following:

        5.2.8.1    Solid state detectors are required. Specify detector composition.

        5.2.8.2    Total number of detectors.

        5.2.8.3    Center-to-center spacing of detectors.

        5.2.8.4    Either angular spacing of detectors or source-detector distance, as
                   appropriate.

        5.2.8.5    Overall x-ray detection efficiency of detectors, including both
                   geometric and quantum (x-ray stopping) effects for the lowest and
                   highest kVp's offered by the scanner. If additional "detector trimming"
                   (as by the insertion of tungsten pins to cover part of each detector) is
                   used for high resolution modes, and/or if collimation is employed, the
                   percentage reduction in x-ray detection efficiency must also be stated.

        5.2.8.6    Dynamic range of the detector system ADCs.

        5.2.8.7    Sampling rate in number of projections (views) collected per second.

        5.2.8.8    Is recalibration of detectors either between patients or periodically
                   during the day suggested? If so, how is this done?

        5.2.8.9    The time required to replace the detector or part of the detector,
                   perform any necessary recalibration, and return the CT unit to a
                   condition for routine patient scanning must be stated as part of the
                   proposal.

5.2.9   Data Collection and Reconstruction

        Rapid data collection and reconstruction is required.
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      5.2.9.1    Scan-to-scan times - State time for the following:

                 5.2.9.1.1   For axial and dynamic scanning defined as time from start
                             of any scan to start of next scan, disregarding x-ray tube
                             cooling delays, data for 512 x 512 image, 360o collection.
                 5.2.9.1.2   For helical scanning defined as time from the start of one
                             acquisition to the start of the next for a 30 cm scan at 1:1
                             pitch.
                 5.2.9.1.3   Similar data should be given for 1024 x 1024 images, if this
                             resolution is offered.

      5.2.9.2    Dynamic scanning - State times with no inter-scan indexing and with
                 10 mm slice spacing.

      5.2.9.3    Axial scan, no reconstruction - State times without indexing and with
                 10 mm spacing.

      5.2.9.4    Axial scan, reconstruction and scanning interleaved - State times with
                 10 mm spacing.

      5.2.9.5    Helical scan, no reconstruction - State times for unidirectional and bi-
                 directional scans.

      5.2.9.6    Helical scan with reconstruction - State times for unidirectional and bi-
                 directional scans.

      5.2.9.7    Reconstruction times - Defined as time from start of reconstruction of
                 one 512 x 512 image to start of reconstruction of the next image,
                 including (as appropriate) magnetic disk storage of raw data and
                 image data, and image display. State times for both conventional and
                 helical acquisition. Reconstruction times must be less than 3
                 seconds, and less than 1 second is preferred.

                 5.2.9.7.1   Prospective reconstruction, standard resolution

                 5.2.9.7.2   Prospective reconstruction, high resolution

                 5.2.9.7.3   Retrospective reconstruction, standard and high resolution

      5.2.9.8    Reconstruction field size - 16 cm to 45 cm is required for both
                 prospective and retrospective reconstruction, and a greater range is
                 desirable.

5.2.10 Scanner Computer System

      5.2.10.1   Dual processors - A system that allows data acquisition without
                 interrupting image display is required. A dual processor system is
                 desired: one processor dedicated to data acquisition and
                 reconstruction, and the other processor dedicated to image
                 manipulation and archiving.        The proposal shall state the
                 manufacturer and model of the processor(s).


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5.2.10.2   The operating system for the console, acquisition and reconstruction
           engines should be indicated.

5.2.10.3   Magnetic disk storage - The purchaser anticipates keeping large
           amounts of raw helical data to allow for later reprocessing.

           5.2.10.3.1 Storage for the raw data of at least 40 helical data sets
                      covering 30 cm shall be provided.
           5.2.10.3.2 In addition, storage for over 2000 images of 512 x 512
                      pixels shall be provided.
           5.2.10.3.3 A complete description of disk utilization for raw data and
                      processed image data should be given.

5.2.10.4   Archival storage

           5.2.10.4.1 All available methods of long term image storage (e.g.,
                      optical disk, DAT or 8 mm tape, etc.) and associated prices
                      should be indicated.
           5.2.10.4.2 System software must include a database manager set up
                      to permit retrieval of studies by patient number and exam
                      date.
           5.2.10.4.3 Storage capacity of the archive device in number of 512 x
                      512 images must be indicated in the proposal.
           5.2.10.4.4 The average retrieval time for each type of media should
                      be stated for raw and processed data.
           5.2.10.4.5 The average write time for each type of media should be
                      stated for raw and processed data.
           5.2.10.4.6 Archival storage as DICOM objects rather than proprietary
                      formats is required.

5.2.10.5   Operator console - A console with keyboard, trackballs, and separate
           monitors for data entry/display (alphanumeric monitor) and image
           viewing is preferred. In addition to control of scanning, the operator
           console must provide full image manipulation, processing, archiving,
           and filming control.

5.2.10.6   User Interface - The user interface should be easy and intuitive to
           use.

           5.2.10.6.1 All scan parameters (including prospective patient dose)
                      should be easily seen on a single screen.
           5.2.10.6.2 Total plan time and interscan delay times should be
                      available on this screen before the scan is begun.

5.2.10.7   Daily Maintenance - A sample checklist for the daily maintenance of
           the system should be given. Average or estimated times to complete
           this checklist should be given. This list should include both hardware
           and software maintenance.

5.2.10.8   Automatic image distribution

           5.2.10.8.1 The ability to automatically send images to a laser printer
                      is required. This auto filming feature should allow for
                      window filming appropriate for the exam. The system
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                      should allow the window and level settings to be made for
                      each case, prior to filming.
           5.2.10.8.2 The ability to automatically send images to an archive
                      and to other stations on a wide area network is desired.
                      The proposal should state if these functions can be
                      accomplished manually and/or automatically.

5.2.10.9   A fully functioning DICOM 3.0 compliant interface is required for the
           image acquisition system.

           5.2.10.9.1 The vendor must submit a DICOM conformance statement
                      for the scanner.

           5.2.10.9.2 At a minimum, the following DICOM features must be
                      implemented

                     5.2.10.9.2.1   Storage class user (SCU) for CT.
                     5.2.10.9.2.2   Storage class provider (SCP) for CT.
                     5.2.10.9.2.3   Storage Commitment Service (SCS) SCU.
                     5.2.10.9.2.4   Query/Retrieve SCU and SCP.
                     5.2.10.9.2.5   Basic gray-scale and color printer SCU.
                     5.2.10.9.2.6   Modality worklist management (MWM) SCU.
                     5.2.10.9.2.7   Modality performed procedure step (MPPS)
                                    SCU.

           5.2.10.9.3 Indicate implementation of enhanced CT storage class.
                      Include pricing as an option.

           5.2.10.9.4 The vendor will be required to work with other
                      manufacturers and the purchaser to integrate the system
                      into an existing and growing DICOM network.

           5.2.10.9.5 The purchaser must be able to access and modify the site
                      specific configuration. (e.g. IP addresses, DICOM AETs,
                      DICOM security matrices.) The purchaser shall own the
                      rights for this access.

           5.2.10.9.6 The vendor must submit a schedule – with dates – of
                      DICOM upgrades that have been completed in the past in
                      order to demonstrate how well DICOM has been
                      maintained in their product and to show how their current
                      implementation compares with the current DICOM
                      specification.

           5.2.10.9.7 The vendor must submit a schedule of planned DICOM
                      upgrades.

           5.2.10.9.8 The cost of DICOM maintenance and upgrading during the
                      warranty period must be covered by the warranty or must
                      be clearly specified as a separate item.

5.2.10.10 The hospital currently supports a 1000-BaseT ethernet, therefore the
          unit should have this type of networking capability.

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5.2.10.11 Describe offered features that support the protection of PHI and
          implementation of HIPAA data security requirements. Is an audit trail
          provided?

5.2.10.12 Include description of operating system and application software
          password protection.

5.2.10.13 A method for network intrusion detection should be provided.

5.2.10.14 A method for maintaining current, continuously updated antivirus and
          anti spyware software on the system should be provided.

5.2.10.15 A method for maintaining current, continuously updated operating
          system patches and maintenance should be provided.

5.2.10.16 A method for backing up system and application data on a regular
          basis should be provided.

5.2.10.17 Specialized Software/Hardware Packages

          5.2.10.17.1 Multi-planar reformatting - A package that uses an image
                      set of contiguous axial slices to produce axial, sagittal,
                      coronal, or curved coronal images is required. A list of
                      available processing routines and a brief description of
                      each should be given.

          5.2.10.17.2 3-D reconstruction - A package that uses an image set of
                      contiguous axial slices to produce surface-rendered
                      3-dimensional images is required. The vendor must
                      specify the time required for reconstruction of the 3-D
                      image from a vendor-specified (large) set of slices, and
                      time required for operator-selected rotation of the
                      reconstructed image. A list of available processing
                      routines and a brief description of each should be given.

          5.2.10.17.3 Angiography Monitoring/Control - A package that
                      monitors the contrast level of filling vessels with short low
                      dose exposures is required. This software should initial
                      helical runs for CT Angiography. A description of how
                      the software works should be included. Techniques that
                      do not use pre-injections are preferred.

          5.2.10.17.4 CT Fluorosocopy – A package to perform CT fluoroscopy
                      is required. A description of the hardware and software
                      should be included.

5.2.10.18 Additional Applications

          5.2.10.18.1 The Vendor is urged to suggest           as options those
                      software applications that would add    value in light of the
                      Purchaser's stated use for this         equipment.       The
                      application, capabilities, and prices    for each package
                      should be detailed.

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                 5.2.10.18.2 The Vendor is asked to also include as options all
                             software applications that are available for the scanner.
                             The application, capabilities, and prices for each
                             package should be detailed.

                 5.2.10.18.3 All applications that are required in light of the explicit or
                             implicit requirements from other sections of this RFP
                             (e.g., gating capability, etc.) must be clearly identified.

5.2.11 Patient Dose Efficiency

      Patient dose reduction features are desired. Describe and specify the available
      dose efficiency features and options. Include the following:

      5.2.11.1   Prospective scan-dose display.

      5.2.11.2   Patient-dose records. How is patient dose recorded? Are DICOM
                 image fields available? Is a scanner data base available for tracking
                 actual patient doses?

      5.2.11.3   Dose limiting features. Can dose limits be set for procedures?

      5.2.11.4   Protocol management. Can protocols be managed remotely? Is a
                 method available for maintaining a consistent set of protocols on
                 multiple scanners?

      5.2.11.5   Automatic tube current modulation is required.

      5.2.11.6   Software based image processing noise reduction.

      5.2.11.7   Beam filtering.

      5.2.11.8   A table of recommended protocols with associated patient doses.


5.2.12 Contrast Injector

      An injector system is required. The injector system should be capable of
      performing state of the art CT angiography. (A Medrad Stellant D or better is
      preferred.) It should meet the following minimum specifications:

      5.2.12.1   Have a minimum capacity of 200 cc.

      5.2.12.2   Be programmable.

      5.2.12.3   Have at least 2 programmable injection rates per run to accommodate
                 a bolus injection and a drip injection.

      5.2.12.4   Be controlled by all of the following: manually, by program, or by the
                 CT scanner.

      5.2.12.5   Have multiple mounting options.      The mounting options should be
                 specified in the proposal.

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5.3   Images for Evaluation

      5.3.1   As part of the proposal, the vendor shall include a set of filmed images for the
              following types of exams. These images should come from a clinical setting. All
              relevant technical factors used to acquire the images should be clearly noted.
              The actual appropriate CTDIv for the study should also be clearly indicated. If
              possible, noise and resolution measurements from the actual scanner, and a
              brief clinical history of the patient should be included.

              5.3.1.1   Chest images. Both axial and helical.

                        5.3.1.1.1   High resolution chest (1-2 mm with bone algorithm or other
                                    high resolution algorithm).

                        5.3.1.1.2   Standard chest - lung and standard soft tissue window with
                                    particular interest in lung apex/shoulder region for
                                    evaluation of artifacts.

                        5.3.1.1.3   Chest with small lung nodule - particularly interested in soft
                                    tissue windows.

                        5.3.1.1.4   Chest images on a large patient.

              5.3.1.2   Abdomen images - Both axial and helical.

                        5.3.1.2.1   Enhanced scans through the liver and pancreas (standard
                                    size patient).

                        5.3.1.2.2   Enhanced scans through the liver and pancreas. (large
                                    size patient).

                        5.3.1.2.3   Pelvic - Axial images of the lower pelvis (large patient).

              5.3.1.3   Bone.

                        5.3.1.3.1   Images filmed at standard bone windows.

                        5.3.1.3.2   2-D reconstructions - such as a tibia, wrist, cervical spine.

                        5.3.1.3.3   3-D reconstructions.

              5.3.1.4   Neuro.

                        5.3.1.4.1   Routine head - with/ without contrast, axial and coronal,
                                    bone and standard windows.

                        5.3.1.4.2   Temporal bone - helical and non-helical, coronal and axial,
                                    bone algorithm.

                        5.3.1.4.3   Lumbar spine - helical and non-helical, axial and 2-D
                                    sagittal, coronal, and curved coronal reconstructions.

                        5.3.1.4.4   Cervical spine - helical and non-helical, conventional and
                                    2D sagittal, coronal, and curved coronal reconstructions.
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                         5.3.1.4.5   Post myelogram lumbar and cervical spine.

                         5.3.1.4.6   Routine standard neck - helical and non-helical.

                         5.3.1.4.7   CTA images of : Circle of Willis / vertebral basilar system.
                                     Carotid artery bifurcation.

                         5.3.1.4.8   Show MIP, Ray-sum, and 3 D surface rendering images of
                                     CTA images.

      5.3.2   Additional images.

              5.3.2.1    Images associated with listed optional software applications should
                         also be submitted.

              5.3.2.2    The vendor is invited to submit any addition images they deem
                         important for the evaluation of their equipment.



5.4   Quality Assurance

      5.4.1   Calibration – Automated start-up and operator calibration procedures for the
              scanner are required. Describe available procedures, including perform
              frequencies. The times to complete the procedures should be provided.

      5.4.2   Daily Maintenance - A sample checklist for recommended daily maintenance of
              the system should be given. Average or estimated times to complete this
              checklist should be given.

      5.4.3   Provide a summary of other recommended quality assurance (QA) programs,
              including test frequencies. Average or estimated times to complete the tests
              should be given.

      5.4.4   A list of the software tools available to the user for quality control (QC) and
              physics testing (sinogram viewers, uniformity tests, etc.) should be provided, with
              a brief description of each test instrument.

      5.4.5   Periodic and Preventive Maintenance (PM). The frequency of recommended PM
              service and the down-time associated with such service should be specified.

      5.4.6   A general purpose quality assurance phantom that checks slice thickness, spatial
              resolution, CT-number calibration, noise, and uniformity should be provided for
              the CT modality. Provide a detailed description of the capabilities of vendor
              supplied phantoms.

5.5   Acceptance Testing

      5.5.1   The purchased equipment will be subjected to acceptance tests to verify
              compliance with the final specifications and State and Federal regulatory
              requirements. All features and peripherals of the system must be demonstrated
              to operate properly and reliably.

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      5.5.2   Copies of documents which the installer is obliged to submit to regulatory
              agencies will be furnished to the purchaser, along with appropriate pre-staging
              and installation test results.

      5.5.3   Additional tests will be conducted by the purchaser's Medical Physicist to verify
              compliance with technical performance specifications as defined by the Vendor's
              published specifications and this RFP. These additional tests will be similar to
              those described in publications of the AAPM, the IEC, and FDA, as appropriate
              for the equipment.

      5.5.4   The Vendor is expected to provide instructions, software, software/hardware
              keys, and technical support for conducting standardized test protocols that
              cannot be performed in clinical imaging modes. The Vendor will be required to
              provide access to factory-level physics or engineering support during the
              acceptance test if the Medical Physicist finds this necessary. Access must be
              provided to specialized software and the software/hardware keys required for
              conducting physics testing on a continuing basis throughout the life of the
              machine.

      5.5.5   Vendors are invited to submit their own testing protocols, listing all equipment
              required for verifying the technical specifications.

      5.5.6   Final acceptance will not occur until: (1) all purchased equipment has been
              delivered, installed and is properly working (2) acceptance testing is complete, as
              indicated in writing by purchaser's Medical Physicist representative; and (2)
              clinical performance is acceptable, as indicated in writing by purchaser's Medical
              Director. Final payment will not be made until final acceptance occurs.

5.6   Site Requirements

      5.6.1   A complete site-planning guide document must be provided with the response to
              this RFP.

      5.6.2   The site-planning guide must include specific details regarding electrical power,
              air conditioning, chilled water, room size, and floor-load requirements. However,
              explicitly provide the following information at this point:

              5.6.2.1    Minimum room size for scan bay for in-patient setting

              5.6.2.2    Minimum room size for control room

              5.6.2.3    HVAC requirement for scan bay (heat load in BTU for all equipment
                         supplied by vendor and/or required by vendor for installation (i.e.
                         including any vendor required/specified transformers installed by a
                         construction contractor)

              5.6.2.4    HVAC requirement for control room (heat load in BTU for all
                         equipment supplied by vendor and/or required by vendor for
                         installation (i.e. including any vendor required/specified transformers
                         installed by a construction contractor).

              5.6.2.5    Chilled water requirements for scan bay.

              5.6.2.6    Weight of scanner gantry.

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              5.6.2.7    Weight of patient handling system (couch).

              5.6.2.8    General electrical requirements (voltages and sizes of service) for
                         scan bay.

              5.6.2.9    General electrical requirements (voltages and sizes of service) for
                         control room.

              5.6.2.10   Overview information on the number and physical sizes of all required
                         computer chassis or racks.

      5.6.3   It will be the responsibility of the Contractor to work with the purchaser to ensure
              that the available electric power meets all equipment requirements. The
              Contractor is expected to conduct a power survey or provide alternative evidence
              to substantiate that the AC mains power available at the University will be
              consistent with the offered equipment. Any required uninterruptable power
              supplies, power conditioners, isolation transformers or similar equipment must be
              specified in this response and must be provided by the Contractor. The power
              survey and additional equipment should be separately priced.

      5.6.4   Any required heat exchangers or stand-alone chillers must be provided by the
              contractor. If such equipment is required and if options exist for the use of either
              building chilled water or stand-alone chillers, the Proposer must work with the
              University's Engineering Department and the site physicist to determine which
              approach should be employed.

      5.6.5   The proposed site location is the ZLUH Radiology Department CT-1 room. A
              layout drawing of the site will be provided to the prospective Vendors. The
              vendor is responsible for obtaining accurate dimensions for this space from an
              on-site evaluation and for demonstrating that the proposed equipment will fit in a
              workable fashion into the allocated space. The Vendor, must submit preliminary
              drawings showing the practicality of siting the scanner into this particular space;
              specifying electrical, mechanical, and plumbing modifications that will be needed;
              and indicating any architectural remodeling that will be necessary. The vendor
              must provide accurate scale drawings with the response to this RFP, showing the
              way in which the proposed equipment will fit into the specific room space. These
              must be delivered with the bid response both as PFD and AutoCad files.

      5.6.6   It is the responsibility of the Proposer to work with the University to identify the
              delivery path within the Hospital for this equipment. Any problems that would
              require structural changes or subsequent finish repair to accomplish delivery
              must be identified and noted in the proposal.

      5.6.7   The Contractor will be responsible for all costs of delivery from the factory and of
              subsequent rigging to deliver the equipment to the final installation location.

5.7   Existing Equipment

      5.7.1   The proposal shall explicitly include a cost for relocating the existing 4-slice
              Toshiba Aqulion scanner in the ZLUH Radiology Department CT-1 room to Room
              HA2.191 in the Saint Paul University Hospital (SPUH) Emergency Department.
              The Vendor may make an appointment with the Purchaser to allow inspection of
              the rooms and existing equipment.
      5.7.2   The proposal may also contain an option for upgrade of the existing scanner.
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       5.7.3   Consistent with relocation/upgrade, the vendor will be responsible for dismantling
               and removing the existing CT scanner.

5.8    Upgrades

       5.8.1   All upgrades to the purchased applications and/or operating system which are
               issued during the duration of the Warranty must be provided free of charge.

       5.8.2   Improvements or extensions to the hardware or software applications (i.e. works-
               in-progress or known scheduled roll-outs of improvements) which the Vendor
               expects to be issued during the warranty period should be briefly described in
               response to this section. If possible, the vendor should propose a mechanism for
               acquisition of those improvements which the University might choose as
               representing significant added-value in our application. Preferred arrangements
               would be in the form of not-to-exceed pricing or as a consequence of being a
               Customer Feedback Site.

5.9    Training and Documentation

       5.9.1   Two weeks of on-site application training for 4 technologists should be included
               in the base price. One week is to be provided at the time of start-up. The
               second week is to be provided during the warranty period at a time to be chosen
               by the University. This is to be part of the base quotation.

       5.9.2   An additional (beyond the two weeks specified above) follow-up week of on-site
               training is to be provided as an option with separate pricing.

       5.9.3   One week of factory training is to be priced on a per technologist basis as an
               option. As an additional option, price this to include transportation, room, board,
               training, and training materials

       5.9.4   A schedule of options for training in-house engineering personnel should be
               provided. Indicate the course content, the duration of each training component,
               the location of the training, and the price. As an additional option, price this to
               include transportation, room, board, training, and training materials.

       5.9.5   Documentation. A complete set of documents must be provided to the University
               at the completion of installation, including: a) Installation and pre-staging test
               results, b) Operator manuals (two sets), c) Maintenance and service manuals,
               including schematic diagrams and technical description of system circuitry and
               interconnections (two copies), d) Complete parts list, e) Revisions and upgrades,
               sufficient to provide an "as installed" document base, f) Complete site set of
               diagnostic software, manuals, and phantoms, g) All documents needed for state
               and Federal regulatory purposes.

5.10   Warranty

       5.10.1 An 18 month full warranty will be provided under the same conditions as the
              standard warranty.

       5.10.2 Provide the warranty details of

               5.10.2.1   Duration of coverage


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              5.10.2.2   Coverage details and exclusions

              5.10.2.3   Frequency of preventative maintenance and down-time required for
                         preventative maintenance

              5.10.2.4   Standard working hours for warranty labor provided without extra
                         charge

              5.10.2.5   Additional costs of labor for repair outside of standard working hours

              5.10.2.6   Specific components which are not covered under warranty

              5.10.2.7   Guaranteed response time and delivery time for parts; note the
                         location of stocking warehouses.

              5.10.2.8   Uptime Guarantee. The purchaser requires an up-time guarantee of
                         98%. Up-time is defined as the time the system is up and 100%
                         functional. If the system is capable of scanning patients, but some
                         standard features are not functioning, the system will be considered
                         75% up. The percentage of up time will be based on 7AM-7PM, M-F.
                         Up-time will be calculated on a quarterly basis. Scheduled preventive
                         maintenance and upgrades are not counted as down time. The
                         vendor will not be held responsible for time the unit is unavailable for
                         service. It is the vendor's responsibility to document this time. During
                         the warranty period, if the system has an up-time below 75% in any
                         quarter, the University can opt to (a) have the vendor replace the
                         system with a comparable system at no cost to the University, or (b)
                         exchange the system for one provided by another vendor, with full
                         refund, including penalties.

5.11   Service and Application Support

       5.11.1 Indicate the hours for telephone-based application and technical support

       5.11.2 Indicate the availability and conditions of telephone-based application and
              technical support after the warranty period.

       5.11.3 Indicate the availability and conditions of remote diagnostic service. The
              University requires provision of such support over a VPN. Indicate if the
              Proposer already has a VPN portal established with the University.

       5.11.4 During standard hours, a 4-hour response time is required for on-site arrival of a
              service engineer when the equipment is down. Indicate the guaranteed
              response time.

       5.11.5 During standard hours, a response time not to exceed 30-minutes is required for
              telephone based application and technical support. Provide the mean wait time
              for telephone response for the Vendor's uptime center.

       5.11.6 Local stocking of parts subject to common failure is required. Local stocking of
              specialty tools required for service and parts replacement is required. The
              Proposer should indicate their ability to comply with this requirement and provide
              supporting details.


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       5.11.7 Any software or hardware needed to operate, access, service, maintain, and/or
              calibrate the system must be included with the system. The University must own
              a copy of the license and any password or security access mechanism for this
              software. Requirements for any proprietary software or hardware that the
              University or third party service vendors would require for performance of routine
              maintenance, calibration, or physics checks must be stated. The proposal
              should include as an option the cost of securing or licensing such hardware or
              software. Failure to include or mention such information will mean that all such
              hardware and software is part of the purchase price and that the University will
              have full rights and ownership of such hardware and software.

       5.11.8 The Proposer should offer a multi-year service contract that would become
              effective at the end of the 18 month warranty period. Hours of service, included
              items, exclusions, and limitations should be stated.

5.12   Show-Site.

If the Vendor anticipates that the University might be useful as a show site for this equipment,
this should be stated. Such visits would be made only under mutual agreement and under
conditions that prevent serious disruption to the care of patients. The Vendor would assume
any costs resulting from overtime service that was required in order to insure that the equipment
is functional during a site visit.

5.13   Site Visits.

Site visits may be required for final evaluation of equipment. The Vendor is expected to provide
a list of possible sites which have the offered equipment installed and which conduct a Nuclear
Medicine practice similar in nature to that of the University. The University, through its
representatives, would have option of discussing the Site Host's practice to confirm this point.
All visits must be made in compliance with University regulations and State laws.

5.14   Additional Questions and Requirements Specific to this RFP

       5.14.1 The proposal shall be prepared with line item pricing so that the University may
              understand the contribution of each item to the total cost and may accept or
              reject individual items.

       5.14.2 The Proposer is urged to suggest options not requested in this RFP but which
              the Proposer feels would add value to this system for the University's purpose of
              conducting.

       5.14.3 The Proposer shall provide a list of installations of the same equipment proposed
              here, covering the period of the last 12 months.

       5.14.4 If this equipment is of a new design, this should be clearly stated, the expected
              date of the first install should be noted, and how many systems are expected to
              be installed by the time of delivery of the proposed equipment to the University
              should be given. If the equipment is of a new design, provisions should also be
              made for allowing the University's representatives to communicate directly with
              factory technical personnel for the purpose of understanding the strengths and
              weaknesses of the equipment.

       5.14.5 If the equipment is of a significantly new design, with little or no existing installed-
              base, the vendor must make this clear. A defined delivery date is expected and
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              a penalty structure for failure to deliver will be required in this case. An extended
              or enhanced warranty, above and beyond that already discussed, is expected for
              equipment without existing installed-base to demonstrate reliability and
              functionality. Enhancements might include provision for off-hours service, etc.

       5.14.6 The University is a member of the Premier group purchasing organization and is
              eligible to receive pricing discounts made available to those members. Indicate if
              the pricing being proposed is discounted according to a contract with Premier or
              if another discount schedule is used.

       5.14.7 Provide pricing for post warranty maintenance service of the equipment and
              software plus a discount off list price for repair parts. The University prefers to
              have guaranteed fixed rates for the expected life of the equipment; alternatively
              propose a fee structure that limits the future escalation of rates.

       5.14.8 It is expected that installation will occur in the 4th quarter 2009 (ending August)
              and that the system will be fully operational before the end of the 4th quarter
              2009.

       5.14.9 Interested vendors are invited to submit more than one proposal if they have
              more than one product line that might satisfy these requirements, particularly if
              substantial price differences would exist between these offerings. All the
              information requested in this document must be submitted with both proposals.
              The proposals should not be cross-referenced.

5.15   Scope of Work-- Contractor will provide the following services to University:

       5.15.1 A state-of-the-art 64-slice (or 64+-slice) multi-slice CT Scanner System with
              capabilities for general and neurological clinical studies at the ZLUH Radiology
              Department.

       5.15.2 Relocation/upgrade of an existing 4-slice Toshiba Aqulion scanner in into a CT
              room at the SPUH ED.

       5.15.3 Necessary support equipment -- such as power distribution units, power
              conditioning units, water chillers, etc. – for the multi-slice CT scanner.

       5.15.4 Delivery, rigging, and installation of all components outlined above.

       5.15.5 Training of physicians, technologists, and site physicists in the use of all features
              of the equipment.

       5.15.6 Training of on-site service engineers.

       5.15.7 Provision of an extended 18-month full warranty on the provided equipment.




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                                        SECTION 6

                          PRICING AND DELIVERY SCHEDULE


Proposal of: ___________________________________
             (Proposer Company Name)

To:        The University of Texas at ____________________

Ref.:      ____________ Equipment related to the
              ______
                    _____

RFP No.: __________________




Having carefully examined all the specifications and requirements of this RFP and any
attachments thereto, the undersigned proposes to furnish the __________________ equipment
required pursuant to the above-referenced Request for Proposal upon the terms quoted below.


6.1     Pricing for Equipment Offered

        ________________________________________________________________

        ________________________________________________________________

        ________________________________________________________________

        ________________________________________________________________

        ________________________________________________________________


6.2     Delivery Schedule of Events and Time Periods

        ________________________________________________________________

        ________________________________________________________________

        ________________________________________________________________

        ________________________________________________________________




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6.3   University’s Payment Terms

      University‟s standard payment terms for equipment are “Net 30 days.” Proposer agrees
      that University will be entitled to withhold 10 percent (10%) of the total payment due
      under the Agreement until after University‟s acceptance of the final work product.
      Indicate below the prompt payment discount that Proposer will provide to University:

      Prompt Payment Discount: _____%_____days/net 30 days

                                         Respectfully submitted,

                                         Proposer: ____________________________


                                                By: ___________________________
                                                     (Authorized Signature for Proposer)
                                                Name: _________________________
                                                Title: __________________________


                                                Date: _____________________




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                                                APPENDIX ONE

                                       PROPOSAL REQUIREMENTS


                                           TABLE OF CONTENTS


SECTION 1: GENERAL INFORMATION.....................................................................................43

SECTION 2: EXECUTION OF OFFER ........................................................................................46

SECTION 3: PROPOSER'S GENERAL QUESTIONNAIRE ........................................................49

SECTION 4: ADDENDA CHECKLIST .........................................................................................51




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                                                         SECTION 1

                                                 GENERAL INFORMATION

1.1   Purpose

      University is soliciting competitive sealed proposals from Proposers having suitable qualifications and experience
      providing services in accordance with the terms, conditions and requirements set forth in this RFP. This RFP provides
      sufficient information for interested parties to prepare and submit proposals for consideration by University.

      By submitting a proposal, Proposer certifies that it understands this RFP and has full knowledge of the scope, nature,
      quality, and quantity of the services to be performed, the detailed requirements of the services to be provided, and the
      conditions under which such services are to be performed. Proposer also certifies that it understands that all costs relating
      to preparing a response to this RFP will be the sole responsibility of the Proposer.

      PROPOSER IS CAUTIONED TO READ THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS RFP CAREFULLY AND TO SUBMIT
      A COMPLETE RESPONSE TO ALL REQUIREMENTS AND QUESTIONS AS DIRECTED.

1.2   Inquiries and Interpretations

      University may in its sole discretion respond in writing to written inquiries concerning this RFP and mail its response as an
      Addendum to all parties recorded by University as having received a copy of this RFP. Only University‟s responses that
      are made by formal written Addenda will be binding on University. Any verbal responses, written interpretations or
      clarifications other than Addenda to this RFP will be without legal effect. All Addenda issued by University prior to the
      Submittal Deadline will be and are hereby incorporated as a part of this RFP for all purposes.

      Proposers are required to acknowledge receipt of each Addendum as specified in this Section. The Proposer must
      acknowledge all Addenda by completing, signing and returning the Addenda Checklist (ref. Section 4 of APPENDIX
      ONE). The Addenda Checklist must be received by University prior to the Submittal Deadline and should accompany the
      Proposer‟s proposal.

      Any interested party that receives this RFP by means other than directly from University is responsible for notifying
      University that it has received an RFP package, and should provide its name, address, telephone number and FAX
      number to University, so that if University issues Addenda to this RFP or provides written answers to questions, that
      information can be provided to such party.

1.3   Public Information

      Proposer is hereby notified that University strictly adheres to all statutes, court decisions and the opinions of the Texas
      Attorney General with respect to disclosure of public information.

      University may seek to protect from disclosure all information submitted in response to this RFP until such time as a final
      agreement is executed.

      Upon execution of a final agreement, University will consider all information, documentation, and other materials
      requested to be submitted in response to this RFP, to be of a non-confidential and non-proprietary nature and, therefore,
      subject to public disclosure under the Texas Public Information Act (Government Code, Chapter 552.001, et seq.).
      Proposer will be advised of a request for public information that implicates their materials and will have the opportunity to
      raise any objections to disclosure to the Texas Attorney General. Certain information may be protected from release
      under Sections 552.101, 552.110, 552.113, and 552.131, Government Code.

1.4   Type of Agreement

      The Contractor, if any, will be required to enter into a contract with University in a form that (i) includes terms and
      conditions substantially similar to the terms and conditions set forth in Section 4 of this RFP, and (ii) is otherwise
      acceptable to University in all respects (the “Agreement”).

1.5   Proposal Evaluation Process

      University will select the Contractor by using the competitive sealed proposal process described in this Section.
      University will open the HSP Envelope submitted by a Proposer prior to opening the Proposer‟s proposal in order to
      ensure that the Proposer has submitted the number of completed and signed originals of the Proposer‟s HUB
      Subcontracting Plan (also called the HSP) that are required by this RFP (ref. Section 2.5.4 of the RFP.) All proposals
      submitted by the Submittal Deadline accompanied by the number of completed and signed originals of the HSP that are
      required by this RFP will be opened publicly to identify the name of each Proposer submitting a proposal. Any proposals
      that are not submitted by the Submittal Date or that are not accompanied by the number of completed and signed
      originals of the HSP that are required by this RFP will be rejected by the University as non-responsive due to material
      failure to comply with advertised specifications. After the opening of the proposals and upon completion of the initial
      review and evaluation of the proposals, University may invite one or more selected Proposers to participate in oral
      presentations. University will use commercially reasonable efforts to avoid public disclosure of the contents of a proposal
      prior to selection of the Contractor.

      University may make the selection of the Contractor on the basis of the proposals initially submitted, without discussion,
      clarification or modification. In the alternative, University may make the selection of the Contractor on the basis of
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      negotiation with any of the Proposers. In conducting such negotiations, University will avoid disclosing the contents of
      competing proposals.

      At University's sole option and discretion, University may discuss and negotiate all elements of the proposals submitted by
      selected Proposers within a specified competitive range. For purposes of negotiation, University may establish, after an
      initial review of the proposals, a competitive range of acceptable or potentially acceptable proposals composed of the
      highest rated proposal(s). In that event, University will defer further action on proposals not included within the competitive
      range pending the selection of the Contractor; provided, however, University reserves the right to include additional
      proposals in the competitive range if deemed to be in the best interests of University.

      After submission of a proposal but before final selection of the Contractor is made, University may permit a Proposer to
      revise its proposal in order to obtain the Proposer's best and final offer. In that event, representations made by Proposer
      in its revised proposal, including price and fee quotes, will be binding on Proposer. University will provide each Proposer
      within the competitive range with an equal opportunity for discussion and revision of its proposal. University is not
      obligated to select the Proposer offering the most attractive economic terms if that Proposer is not the most advantageous
      to University overall, as determined by University.

      University reserves the right to (a) enter into an agreement for all or any portion of the requirements and specifications set
      forth in this RFP with one or more Proposers, (b) reject any and all proposals and re-solicit proposals, or (c) reject any and
      all proposals and temporarily or permanently abandon this selection process, if deemed to be in the best interests of
      University. Proposer is hereby notified that University will maintain in its files concerning this RFP a written record of the
      basis upon which a selection, if any, is made by University.

1.6   Proposer's Acceptance of Evaluation Methodology

      By submitting a proposal, Proposer acknowledges (1) Proposer's acceptance of [a] the Proposal Evaluation Process
      (ref. Section 1.5 of APPENDIX ONE), [b] the Criteria for Selection (ref. 2.3 of this RFP), [c] the Specifications and
      Additional Questions (ref. Section 5 of this RFP), [d] the terms and conditions set forth in Section 4 of this RFP, and [e]
      all other requirements and specifications set forth in this RFP; and (2) Proposer's recognition that some subjective
      judgments must be made by University during this RFP process.

1.7   Solicitation for Proposal and Proposal Preparation Costs

      Proposer understands and agrees that (1) this RFP is a solicitation for proposals and University has made no
      representation written or oral that one or more agreements with University will be awarded under this RFP; (2) University
      issues this RFP predicated on University‟s anticipated requirements for the Services, and University has made no
      representation, written or oral, that any particular scope of services will actually be required by University; and (3)
      Proposer will bear, as its sole risk and responsibility, any cost that arises from Proposer‟s preparation of a proposal in
      response to this RFP.

1.8   Proposal Requirements and General Instructions

      1.8.1     Proposer should carefully read the information contained herein and submit a complete proposal in response to
                all requirements and questions as directed.

      1.8.2     Proposals and any other information submitted by Proposer in response to this RFP will become the property of
                University.

      1.8.3     University will not provide compensation to Proposer for any expenses incurred by the Proposer for proposal
                preparation or for demonstrations or oral presentations that may be made by Proposer, unless otherwise
                expressly agreed in writing. Proposer submits its proposal at its own risk and expense.

      1.8.4     Proposals that (i) are qualified with conditional clauses; (ii) alter, modify, or revise this RFP in any way; or (iii)
                contain irregularities of any kind, are subject to disqualification by University, at University‟s sole discretion.

      1.8.5     Proposals should be prepared simply and economically, providing a straightforward, concise description of
                Proposer's ability to meet the requirements and specifications of this RFP. Emphasis should be on
                completeness, clarity of content, and responsiveness to the requirements and specifications of this RFP.

      1.8.6     University makes no warranty or guarantee that an award will be made as a result of this RFP. University
                reserves the right to accept or reject any or all proposals, waive any formalities, procedural requirements, or
                minor technical inconsistencies, and delete any requirement or specification from this RFP when deemed to be
                in University's best interest. University reserves the right to seek clarification from any Proposer concerning any
                item contained in its proposal prior to final selection. Such clarification may be provided by telephone
                conference or personal meeting with or writing to University, at University‟s sole discretion. Representations
                made by Proposer within its proposal will be binding on Proposer.

      1.8.7     Any proposal that fails to comply with the requirements contained in this RFP may be rejected by University, in
                University‟s sole discretion.


1.9   Preparation and Submittal Instructions

      1.9.1     Specifications and Additional Questions
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        Proposals must include responses to the questions in Specifications and Additional Questions (ref. Section 5 of
        this RFP). Proposer should reference the item number and repeat the question in its response. In cases where
        a question does not apply or if unable to respond, Proposer should refer to the item number, repeat the
        question, and indicate N/A (Not Applicable) or N/R (No Response), as appropriate. Proposer should explain the
        reason when responding N/A or N/R.

1.9.2   Execution of Offer

        Proposer must complete, sign and return the attached Execution of Offer (ref. Section 2 of APPENDIX ONE)
        as part of its proposal. The Execution of Offer must be signed by a representative of Proposer duly authorized
        to bind the Proposer to its proposal. Any proposal received without a completed and signed Execution of Offer
        may be rejected by University, in its sole discretion.

1.9.3   Pricing and Delivery Schedule

        Proposer must complete and return the Pricing and Delivery Schedule (ref. Section 6 of this RFP), as part of its
        proposal. In the Pricing and Delivery Schedule, the Proposer should describe in detail (a) the total fees for the
        entire scope of the Services; and (b) the method by which the fees are calculated. The fees must inclusive of all
        associated costs for delivery, labor, insurance, taxes, overhead, and profit.

        University will not recognize or accept any charges or fees to perform the Services that are not specifically
        stated in the Pricing and Delivery Schedule.

        In the Pricing and Delivery Schedule, Proposer should describe each significant phase in the process of
        providing the Services to University, and the time period within which Proposer proposes to be able to complete
        each such phase.

1.9.4   Proposer‟s General Questionnaire

        Proposals must include responses to the questions in Proposer‟s General Questionnaire (ref. Section 3 of
        APPENDIX ONE). Proposer should reference the item number and repeat the question in its response. In
        cases where a question does not apply or if unable to respond, Proposer should refer to the item number,
        repeat the question, and indicate N/A (Not Applicable) or N/R (No Response), as appropriate. Proposer should
        explain the reason when responding N/A or N/R.

1.9.5   Addenda Checklist

        Proposer should acknowledge all Addenda to this RFP (if any) by completing, signing and returning the
        Addenda Checklist (ref. Section 4 of APPENDIX ONE) as part of its proposal. Any proposal received without a
        completed and signed Addenda Checklist may be rejected by University, in its sole discretion.

1.9.6   Submission

        Proposer should submit all proposal materials enclosed in a sealed envelope, box, or container. The RFP No.
        (ref. Section 1.3 of this RFP) and the Submittal Deadline (ref. Section 2.1 of this RFP) should be clearly shown
        in the lower left-hand corner on the top surface of the container. In addition, the name and the return address of
        the Proposer should be clearly visible.

        Proposer must also submit the number of originals of the HUB Subcontracting Plan (also called the HSP) as
        required by this RFP (ref. Section 2.5 of the RFP.)

        Upon Proposer‟s request and at Proposer‟s expense, University will return to a Proposer its proposal received
        after the Submittal Deadline if the proposal is properly identified. University will not under any circumstances
        consider a proposal that is received after the Submittal Deadline or which is not accompanied by the number of
        completed and signed originals of the HSP that are required by this RFP.

        University will not accept proposals submitted by telephone, proposals submitted by Facsimile (“FAX”)
        transmission, or proposals submitted by electronic transmission (i.e., e-mail) in response to this RFP.

        Except as otherwise provided in this RFP, no proposal may be changed, amended, or modified after it has been
        submitted to University. However, a proposal may be withdrawn and resubmitted at any time prior to the
        Submittal Deadline. No proposal may be withdrawn after the Submittal Deadline without University‟s consent,
        which will be based on Proposer's submittal of a written explanation and documentation evidencing a reason
        acceptable to University, in University‟s sole discretion.

        By signing the Execution of Offer (ref. Section 2 of APPENDIX ONE) and submitting a proposal, Proposer
        certifies that any terms, conditions, or documents attached to or referenced in its proposal are applicable to this
        procurement only to the extent that they (a) do not conflict with the laws of the State of Texas or this RFP and
        (b) do not place any requirements on University that are not set forth in this RFP or in the Appendices to this
        RFP. Proposer further certifies that the submission of a proposal is Proposer's good faith intent to enter into an
        agreement with University as specified herein and that such intent is not contingent upon University's
        acceptance or execution of any terms, conditions, or other documents attached to or referenced in Proposer‟s
        proposal.
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                                                          SECTION 2

                                                   EXECUTION OF OFFER


THIS EXECUTION OF OFFER MUST BE COMPLETED, SIGNED AND RETURNED WITH PROPOSER'S PROPOSAL. FAILURE
TO COMPLETE, SIGN AND RETURN THIS EXECUTION OF OFFER WITH THE PROPOSER’S PROPOSAL MAY RESULT IN
THE REJECTION OF THE PROPOSAL.

2.1    By signature hereon, Proposer represents and warrants the following:

       2.1.1     Proposer acknowledges and agrees that (1) this RFP is a solicitation for a proposal and is not a contract or an
                 offer to contract; (2) the submission of a proposal by Proposer in response to this RFP will not create a contract
                 between University and Proposer; (3) University has made no representation or warranty, written or oral, that
                 one or more contracts with University will be awarded under this RFP; and (4) Proposer will bear, as its sole risk
                 and responsibility, any cost arising from Proposer‟s preparation of a response to this RFP.

       2.1.2     Proposer is a reputable company that is lawfully and regularly engaged in providing the Services.

       2.1.3     Proposer has the necessary experience, knowledge, abilities, skills, and resources to perform the Services.

       2.1.4     Proposer is aware of, is fully informed about, and is in full compliance with all applicable federal, state and local
                 laws, rules, regulations and ordinances.

       2.1.5     Proposer understands (i) the requirements and specifications set forth in this RFP and (ii) the terms and
                 conditions set forth in Section 4 of this RFP, under which Proposer will be required to operate.

       2.1.6     If selected by University, Proposer will not delegate any of its duties or responsibilities under this RFP or the
                 Agreement to any sub-contractor, except as expressly provided in the Agreement.

       2.1.7     If selected by University, Proposer will maintain any insurance coverage as required by the Agreement during
                 the term thereof.

       2.1.8     All statements, information and representations prepared and submitted in response to this RFP are current,
                 complete, true and accurate. Proposer acknowledges that University will rely on such statements, information
                 and representations in selecting the Contractor. If selected by University, Proposer will notify University
                 immediately of any material change in any matters with regard to which Proposer has made a statement or
                 representation or provided information.

       2.1.9     Proposer will defend, indemnify, and hold harmless University, The University of Texas System, the State of
                 Texas, and all of their regents, officers, agents and employees, from and against all claims, actions, suits,
                 demands, costs (including, but not limited to reasonable attorneys' fees), damages, and liabilities, arising out of,
                 connected with, or resulting from any negligent acts or omissions or willful misconduct of Proposer or any agent,
                 employee, subcontractor, or supplier of Proposer in the execution or performance of any contract or agreement
                 resulting from this RFP.

       2.1.10    Pursuant to Sections 2107.008 and 2252.903, Government Code, any payments owing to Proposer under any
                 contract or agreement resulting from this RFP may be applied directly to any debt or delinquency that Proposer
                 owes the State of Texas or any agency of the State of Texas regardless of when it arises, until such debt or
                 delinquency is paid in full.

2.2    By signature hereon, Proposer offers and agrees to furnish the Services to University and comply with all terms,
       conditions, requirements and specifications set forth in this RFP.

2.3    By signature hereon, Proposer affirms that it has not given or offered to give, nor does Proposer intend to give at any time
       hereafter, any economic opportunity, future employment, gift, loan, gratuity, special discount, trip, favor or service to a
       public servant in connection with its submitted proposal. Failure to sign this Execution of Offer, or signing with a false
       statement, may void the submitted proposal or any resulting contracts, and the Proposer may be removed from all
       proposal lists at University.

2.4    By signature hereon, Proposer certifies that it is not currently delinquent in the payment of any taxes due under
       Chapter 171, Tax Code, or that Proposer is exempt from the payment of those taxes, or that Proposer is an out-of-state
       taxable entity that is not subject to those taxes, whichever is applicable. A false certification will be deemed a material
       breach of any resulting contract or agreement and, at University's option, may result in termination of any resulting
       contract or agreement.

2.5    By signature hereon, Proposer hereby certifies that neither Proposer nor any firm, corporation, partnership or institution
       represented by Proposer, or anyone acting for such firm, corporation or institution, has violated the antitrust laws of the
       State of Texas, codified in Section 15.01, et seq., Business and Commerce Code, or the Federal antitrust laws, nor
       communicated directly or indirectly the proposal made to any competitor or any other person engaged in such line of
       business.


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2.6    By signature hereon, Proposer certifies that the individual signing this document and the documents made a part of this
       RFP, is authorized to sign such documents on behalf of Proposer and to bind Proposer under any agreements and other
       contractual arrangements that may result from the submission of Proposer‟s proposal.

2.7    By signature hereon, Proposer certifies as follows:

       "Under Section 231.006, Family Code, relating to child support, Proposer certifies that the individual or business entity
       named in the Proposer‟s proposal is not ineligible to receive the specified contract award and acknowledges that any
       agreements or other contractual arrangements resulting from this RFP may be terminated if this certification is
       inaccurate."

2.8    By signature hereon, Proposer certifies that (i) no relationship, whether by blood, marriage, business association, capital
       funding agreement or by any other such kinship or connection exists between the owner of any Proposer that is a sole
       proprietorship, the officers or directors of any Proposer that is a corporation, the partners of any Proposer that is a
       partnership, the joint venturers of any Proposer that is a joint venture or the members or managers of any Proposer that is
       a limited liability company, on one hand, and an employee of any component of The University of Texas System, on the
       other hand, other than the relationships which have been previously disclosed to University in writing and (ii) Proposer has
       not been an employee of any component institution of The University of Texas System within the immediate twelve (12)
       months prior to the Submittal Deadline. All disclosures by Proposer in connection with this certification will be subject to
       administrative review and approval before University enters into a contract or agreement with Proposer.

2.9    By signature hereon, Proposer affirms that no compensation has been received for its participation in the preparation of
       the requirements or specifications for this RFP, in accordance with Section 2155.004, Government Code.

2.10   By signature hereon, Proposer certifies its compliance with all federal laws and regulations pertaining to Equal
       Employment Opportunities and Affirmative Action.

2.11   By signature hereon, Proposer represents and warrants that all products and services offered to University in response to
       this RFP meet or exceed the safety standards established and promulgated under the Federal Occupational Safety and
       Health Law (Public Law 91-596) and the Texas Hazard Communication Act, Chapter 502, Health and Safety Code, and all
       related regulations in effect or proposed as of the date of this RFP.

2.12   Proposer will and has disclosed, as part of its proposal, any exceptions to the certifications stated in this Execution of
       Offer. All such disclosures will be subject to administrative review and approval prior to the time University makes an
       award or enters into any contract or agreement with Proposer.

2.13   Proposer should complete the following information:

       If Proposer is a Corporation, then State of Incorporation:

       If Proposer is a Corporation then Proposer‟s Corporate Charter Number: ______

       RFP No.: _______




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NOTICE:     WITH FEW EXCEPTIONS, INDIVIDUALS ARE ENTITLED ON REQUEST TO BE INFORMED ABOUT THE INFORMATION THAT
GOVERNMENTAL BODIES OF THE STATE OF TEXAS COLLECT ABOUT SUCH INDIVIDUALS. UNDER SECTIONS 552.021 AND 552.023,
GOVERNMENT CODE, INDIVIDUALS ARE ENTITLED TO RECEIVE AND REVIEW SUCH INFORMATION. UNDER SECTION 559.004, GOVERNMENT
CODE, INDIVIDUALS ARE ENTITLED TO HAVE GOVERNMENTAL BODIES OF THE STATE OF TEXAS CORRECT INFORMATION ABOUT SUCH
INDIVIDUALS THAT IS INCORRECT.



Submitted and Certified By:


(Proposer Institution‟s Name)


(Signature of Duly Authorized Representative)


(Printed Name/Title)


(Date Signed)


(Proposer‟s Street Address)


(City, State, Zip Code)


(Telephone Number)


(FAX Number)




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                                                             SECTION 3

                                             PROPOSER’S GENERAL QUESTIONNAIRE


NOTICE:     WITH FEW EXCEPTIONS, INDIVIDUALS ARE ENTITLED ON REQUEST TO BE INFORMED ABOUT THE INFORMATION THAT
GOVERNMENTAL BODIES OF THE STATE OF TEXAS COLLECT ABOUT SUCH INDIVIDUALS. UNDER SECTIONS 552.021 AND 552.023,
GOVERNMENT CODE, INDIVIDUALS ARE ENTITLED TO RECEIVE AND REVIEW SUCH INFORMATION. UNDER SECTION 559.004, GOVERNMENT
CODE, INDIVIDUALS ARE ENTITLED TO HAVE GOVERNMENTAL BODIES OF THE STATE OF TEXAS CORRECT INFORMATION ABOUT SUCH
INDIVIDUALS THAT IS INCORRECT.

Proposals must include responses to the questions contained in this Proposer‟s General Questionnaire. Proposer should reference
the item number and repeat the question in its response. In cases where a question does not apply or if unable to respond,
Proposer should refer to the item number, repeat the question, and indicate N/A (Not Applicable) or N/R (No Response), as
appropriate. Proposer will explain the reason when responding N/A or N/R.

3.1       Proposer Profile

          3.1.1    Legal name of Proposer company:



                   Address of principal place of business:




                   Address of office that would be providing service under the Agreement:




                   Number of years in Business:

                   State of incorporation:

                   Number of Employees:

                   Annual Revenues Volume:

                   Name of Parent Corporation, if any ______________________________
                            NOTE: If Proposer is a subsidiary, University prefers to enter into a contract or agreement
                            with the Parent Corporation or to receive assurances of performance from the Parent
                            Corporation.

          3.1.2    State whether Proposer will provide a copy of its financial statements for the past two (2) years, if requested by
                   University.

          3.1.3    Proposer will provide a financial rating of the Proposer entity and any related documentation (such as a Dunn
                   and Bradstreet analysis) that indicates the financial stability of Proposer.

          3.1.4    Is Proposer currently for sale or involved in any transaction to expand or to become acquired by another
                   business entity? If yes, Proposer will explain the expected impact, both in organizational and directional terms.

          3.1.5    Proposer will provide any details of all past or pending litigation or claims filed against Proposer that would
                   affect its performance under the Agreement with University (if any).

          3.1.6    Is Proposer currently in default on any loan agreement or financing agreement with any bank, financial
                   institution, or other entity? If yes, Proposer will specify the pertinent date(s), details, circumstances, and
                   describe the current prospects for resolution.

          3.1.7    Proposer will provide a customer reference list of no less than three (3) organizations with which Proposer
                   currently has contracts and/or to which Proposer has previously provided services (within the past five (5)
                   years) of a type and scope similar to those required by University‟s RFP. Proposer will include in its customer
                   reference list the customer‟s company name, contact person, telephone number, project description, length of
                   business relationship, and background of services provided by Proposer.



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      3.1.8     Does any relationship exist (whether by family kinship, business association, capital funding agreement, or any
                other such relationship) between Proposer and any employee of University? If yes, Proposer will explain.

      3.1.9     Proposer will provide the name and Social Security Number for each person having at least 25% ownership
                interest in Proposer. This disclosure is mandatory pursuant to Section 231.006, Family Code, and will be used
                for the purpose of determining whether an owner of Proposer with an ownership interest of at least 25% is more
                than 30 days delinquent in paying child support. Further disclosure of this information is governed by the Texas
                Public Information Act, Chapter 552, Government Code, and other applicable law.

3.2   Approach to Project Services

      3.2.1     Proposer will provide a statement of the Proposer‟s service approach and will describe any unique benefits to
                University from doing business with Proposer. Proposer will briefly describe its approach for each of the
                required services identified in Section 5.4 Scope of Work of this RFP.

      3.2.2     Proposer will provide an estimate of the earliest starting date for services following execution of the Agreement.

      3.2.3     Proposer will submit a work plan with key dates and milestones. The work plan should include:

                3.2.3.1      Identification of tasks to be performed;

                3.2.3.2      Time frames to perform the identified tasks;

                3.2.3.3      Project management methodology;

                3.2.3.4      Implementation strategy; and

                3.2.3.5      The expected time frame in which the services would be implemented.

      3.2.4     Proposer will describe the types of reports or other written documents Proposer will provide (if any) and the
                frequency of reporting, if more frequent than required in the RFP. Proposer will include samples of reports and
                documents if appropriate.

3.3   General Requirements

      3.3.1     Proposer will provide summary resumes for its proposed key personnel who will be providing services under the
                Agreement with University, including their specific experiences with similar service projects, and number of
                years of employment with Proposer.

      3.3.2     Proposer will describe any difficulties it anticipates in performing its duties under the Agreement with University
                and how Proposer plans to manage these difficulties. Proposer will describe the assistance it will require from
                University.

3.4   Service Support

      Proposer will describe its service support philosophy, how is it implemented, and how Proposer measures its success in
      maintaining this philosophy.

3.5   Quality Assurance

      Proposer will describe its quality assurance program, its quality requirements, and how they are measured.

3.6   Miscellaneous

      3.6.1     Proposer will provide a list of any additional services or benefits not otherwise identified in this RFP that
                Proposer would propose to provide to University. Additional services or benefits must be directly related to the
                goods and services solicited under this RFP.

      3.6.2     Proposer will provide details describing any unique or special services or benefits offered or advantages to be
                gained by University from doing business with Proposer. Additional services or benefits must be directly related
                to the goods and services solicited under this RFP.

      3.6.3     Does Proposer have a contingency plan or disaster recovery plan in the event of a disaster? If so, then
                Proposer will provide a copy of the plan.




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                                                  SECTION 4

                                              ADDENDA CHECKLIST


Proposal of: ___________________________________
                (Proposer Company Name)

To: The University of Texas _________________________

Ref.: _____________ Services related to the

RFP No.: _________________________



Ladies and Gentlemen:

The undersigned Proposer hereby acknowledges receipt of the following Addenda to the captioned RFP (initial if
applicable).

                 No. 1 _____      No. 2 _____      No. 3 _____      No. 4 _____      No. 5 _____


                                                   Respectfully submitted,

                                                   Proposer: ________________________


                                                           By: ___________________________
                                                               (Authorized Signature for Proposer)
                                                           Name: _________________________
                                                           Title: __________________________


                                                           Date: _____________________




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                           HUB SUBCONTRACTING PLAN (HSP)
       In accordance with Gov’t Code §2161.252, the contracting agency has determined that subcontracting opportunities are probable under this contract.
       Therefore, respondents, including State of Texas certified Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUBs), must complete and submit a State of Texas HUB
       Subcontracting Plan (HSP) with their solicitation response.

              NOTE: Responses that do not include a completed HSP shall be rejected pursuant to Gov’t Code
                                                     §2161.252(b).
       The HUB Program promotes equal business opportunities for economically disadvantaged persons to contract with the State of Texas in accordance with
       the goals specified in the State of Texas Disparity Study. The HUB goals defined in 1 TAC §111.13 are: 11.9 percent for heavy construction other
       than building contracts, 26.1 percent for all building construction, including general contractors and operative builders contracts, 57.2 percent
       for all special trade construction contracts, 20 percent for professional services contracts, 33 percent for all other services contracts, and 12.6
       percent for commodities contracts.

                                            - - Agency Special Instructions/Additional Requirements - -




SECTION 1          - RESPONDENT AND SOLICITATION INFORMATION
 a.   Respondent (Company) Name:                                                                                      State of Texas VID #:

      Point of Contact:                                                                                               Phone #:

 b.   Is your company a State of Texas certified HUB?         - Yes       - No

 c.   Solicitation #:

SECTION 2          - SUBCONTRACTING INTENTIONS
       After having divided the contract work into reasonable lots or portions to the extent consistent with prudent industry practices, the respondent must
       determine what portion(s) of work, including goods or services, will be subcontracted. Note: In accordance with 1 TAC §111.12., a “Subcontractor” means
       a person who contracts with a vendor to work, to supply commodities, or contribute toward completing work for a governmental entity. Check the
       appropriate box that identifies your subcontracting intentions:
                          - Yes, I will be subcontracting portion(s) of the contract.
                            (If Yes, in the spaces provided below, list the portions of work you will be subcontracting, and go to page 2.)

                          - No, I will not be subcontracting any portion of the contract, and will be fulfilling the entire contract with my own resources.
                            (If No, complete SECTION 9 and 10.)
Line Item # - Subcontracting Opportunity Description                                Line Item # - Subcontracting Opportunity Description
( #1) -                                                                             (#6) -
( #2) -                                                                             (#7) -
( #3) -                                                                             (#8) -
( #4) -                                                                             (#9) -
( #5) -                                                                            (#10) -


          *If     you     have      more    than      twenty     subcontracting    opportunities,  a        continuation     page      is     available    at
          http://www.tbpc.state.tx.us/communities/procurement/prog/hub/hub-forms/hsp_sep06_cont1.doc.
                                                                                                                                                              HSP Rev. 12/06


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 Enter your company’s name here:                                                                                               Solicitation #:
IMPORTANT: You must complete a copy of this page for each of the subcontracting opportunities you listed in SECTION 2. You may photocopy this page or
download copies at http://www.tbpc.state.tx.us/communities/procurement/prog/hub/hub-forms/hsp_sep06_cont2.doc.

 SECTION 3        - SUBCONTRACTING OPPORTUNITY
 Enter the line item number and description of the subcontracting opportunity you listed in SECTION 2.
 Line Item #               Description:

 SECTION 4        - MENTOR-PROTÉGÉ PROGRAM
 If respondent is participating as a Mentor in a State of Texas Mentor Protégé Program, submitting their Protégé (Protégé must be a State of Texas certified HUB) as a
 subcontractor to perform the portion of work (subcontracting opportunity) listed in SECTION 3, constitutes a good faith effort towards that specific portion of work. Will
 you be subcontracting the portion of work listed in SECTION 3 to your Protégé?
        - Yes (If Yes, complete SECTION 8 and 10.)            - No / Not Applicable (If No or Not Applicable, go to SECTION 5.)

 SECTION 5        - PROFESSIONAL SERVICES CONTRACTS ONLY
                    This section applies to Professional Services Contracts only. All other contracts go to SECTION 6.
 Does your HSP contain subcontracting of 20% or more with HUB(s)?
      - Yes (If Yes, complete SECTION 8 and 10.)      - No / Not Applicable (If No or Not Applicable, go to SECTION 6.)
 In accordance with Gov’t Code §2254.004, “Professional Services" means services: (A) within the scope of the practice, as defined by state law of accounting; architecture;
 landscape architecture; land surveying; medicine; optometry; professional engineering; real estate appraising; or professional nursing; or (B) provided in connection with the
 professional employment or practice of a person who is licensed or registered as a certified public accountant; an architect; a landscape architect; a land surveyor; a physician,
 including a surgeon; an optometrist; a professional engineer; a state certified or state licensed real estate appraiser; or a registered nurse.

 SECTION 6        - NOTIFICATION OF SUBCONTRACTING OPPORTUNITY
                    Complying with a, b and c of this section constitutes Good Faith Effort towards the portion of work listed in SECTION 3. After performing
                    the requirements of this section, complete SECTION 7, 8 and 10.
 a. Provide written notification of the subcontracting opportunity listed in SECTION 3 to three (3) or more HUBs. Use the State of Texas’ Centralized Master Bidders
    List (CMBL), found at http://www2.tbpc.state.tx.us/cmbl/cmblhub.html, and its HUB Directory, found at http://www2.tbpc.state.tx.us/cmbl/hubonly.html, to
    identify available HUBs. Note: Attach supporting documentation (letters, phone logs, fax transmittals, electronic mail, etc.) demonstrating evidence of the
    good faith effort performed.
 b. Provide written notification of the subcontracting opportunity listed in SECTION 3 to a minority or women trade organization or development center to assist in
    identifying potential HUBs by disseminating the subcontracting opportunity to their members/participants. A list of trade organizations and development centers may
    be accessed at http://www.tbpc.state.tx.us/hub/minoritywomenbuslinks.html. Note: Attach supporting documentation (letters, phone logs, fax
    transmittals, electronic mail, etc.) demonstrating evidence of the good faith effort performed.
 c. Written notifications should include the scope of the work, information regarding the location to review plans and specifications, bonding and insurance requirements,
    required qualifications, and identify a contact person. Unless the contracting agency has specified a different time period, you must allow the HUBs no less than five
    (5) working days from their receipt of notice to respond, and provide notice of your subcontracting opportunity to a minority or women trade organization or
    development center no less than five (5) working days prior to the submission of your response to the contracting agency.

 SECTION 7        - HUB FIRMS CONTACTED FOR SUBCONTRACTING OPPORTUNITY
 List three (3) State of Texas certified HUBs you notified regarding the portion of work (subcontracting opportunity) listed in SECTION 3. Specify the vendor ID number,
 date you provided notice, and if you received a response. Note: Attach supporting documentation (letters, phone logs, fax transmittals, electronic mail, etc.)
 demonstrating evidence of the good faith effort performed.
                               Company Name                                              VID #                      Notice Date             Was Response Received?
                                                                                                                          (mm/dd/yyyy)

                                                                                                                           /       /                       - Yes           - No
                                                                                                                           /       /                       - Yes           - No
                                                                                                                           /       /                       - Yes           - No

 SECTION 8        - SUBCONTRACTOR SELECTION
 List the subcontractor(s) you selected to perform the portion of work (subcontracting opportunity) listed in SECTION 3. Also, specify the expected percentage of work to
 be subcontracted, the approximate dollar value of the work to be subcontracted, and indicate if the company is a Texas certified HUB.
                                                                                                               Expected %         Approximate               Texas
                               Company Name                                              VID #                 of Contract       Dollar Amount          Certified HUB?
                                                                                                                         %                  $                      - Yes      - No*
                                                                                                                         %                  $                      - Yes      - No*

*If the subcontractor(s) you selected is not a Texas certified HUB, provide written justification of your selection process below:



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     Enter your company’s name here:                                                                                             Solicitation #:


      SECTION 9       - SELF PERFORMANCE JUSTIFICATION
                        (If you responded “No” to SECTION 2, you must complete SECTION 9 and 10.)
 Does your response/proposal contain an explanation demonstrating how your company will fulfill the entire contract with its own resources?

        - Yes    If Yes, in the space provided below, list the specific page/section of your proposal which identifies how your company will perform the entire contract
                 with its own equipment, supplies, materials and/or employees.

        - No     If No, in the space provided below, explain how your company will perform the entire contract with its own equipment, supplies, materials,
                 and/or employees.




     SECTION 10 - AFFIRMATION
As evidenced by my signature below, I affirm that I am an authorized representative of the respondent listed in SECTION 1, and that the information and supporting documentation
submitted with the HSP are true and correct. Respondent understands and agrees that, if awarded any portion of the solicitation:
          The respondent must submit monthly compliance reports (Prime Contractor Progress Assessment Report – PAR) to the contracting agency, verifying their compliance
          with    the    HSP,      including  the    use/expenditures    they     have     made    to    subcontractors.         (The     PAR       is    available    at
          http://www.tbpc.state.tx.us/communities/procurement/prog/hub/hub-forms/progressassessmentrpt).
          The respondent must seek approval from the contracting agency prior to making any modifications to their HSP. If the HSP is modified without the contracting agency’s
          prior approval, respondent may be subject to debarment pursuant to Gov’t Code §2161.253(d).
          The respondent must, upon request, allow the contracting agency to perform on-site reviews of the company’s headquarters and/or work-site where services are to be
          performed and must provide documents regarding staff and other resources.




____________________________________                    _________________________________                    ___________________                   ___________________
                Signature                                               Printed Name                                     Title                             Date
                                                                                                                                                          HSP Rev. 12/06




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