Single Source Procurement: Organ Transplant and Donation Services

Pursuant to New York State Finance Law § 163.10(b), The New York State Department of Health is presenting the following summary of relevant circumstances, and material and substantial reasons why a competitive procurement was not feasible.

The Organ Donation/Transplant unit, in the Division of Hospitals and Diagnostic & Treatment Centers, is responsible for carrying out the Department of Health's mandates under Article 43. This includes staffing the NYS Transplant Council which advises the Commissioner of Health on all matters regarding organ/tissue donation and transplantation and the admiration/promotion of the NYS Donate Life Organ and Tissue Donor Registry. The unit also carries out quality improvement and oversight of organ transplant programs as required by 10NYCRR 405.22.

Since 1988, the Department has provided grants to two organizations that assist in meeting the needs of this project: the New York Center for Liver Transplant (NYCLT) and the New York Alliance for Donation (NYAD). NYCLT's purpose is to monitor the quality of care delivered to recipients and living donors receiving liver transplant services in New York State. NYAD's purpose is to increase organ, eye and tissue donation by enhancing public and professional awareness through on-going education, outreach and promotion of the Donate Life Registry. These organizations were originally funded through the Commissioner's Priority Pool and for the past 5 years as named organizations through an aid to localities appropriation in the state budget.

Both organizations are specifically named in an aid to localities appropriation in the state budget and for the past 7 budget cycles these contracts have been classified as single source grant contracts. Over the lifetime of these contracts both organizations have developed the infrastructure and expertise required to carry out the contact deliverables. This request differs from previous requests as we are now requesting approval for a five year multi-year contract. This will reduce future workload for DOH and OSC while allowing for funds to be made available to the grantees in a timelier manner. Subsequent years will be contingent on funding availability.

Procurement / Program Name Organ Transplant and Donation Services
Contractor Name(s) New York Center for Liver Transplantation, Inc. & New York Alliance for Donation
Contract Period 4/1/2015 – 3/31/2020
Contract Number(s) C030473 & C030474