Kennewick's HPM Corp. picked to provide occupational medical services at Hanford

The Department of Energy has picked HPM Corp. of Kennewick to provide occupational medical services at the Hanford nuclear reservation.

The contract is estimated to be worth about $99 million across six years.

The small company has been an embedded contractor to CSC Hanford Occupational Health Services, Hanford's outgoing occupational medicine contractor. CSC now will serve as a subcontractor to HPM, according to the Department of Energy.

The contract award was reserved for a small business and HPM submitted the only bid, said Cameron Hardy, DOE spokesman. However, four companies initially expressed interest in the contract.

HPM will provide services to about 8,000 employees, including Hanford contractor and DOE employees. The contract does not cover Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, which hired its own occupational medicine contractor this spring for the first time in four decades. AnovaWorks of Wenatchee will become the PNNL contractor Oct. 1 when HPM takes over as the Hanford contractor.

HPM will provide medical monitoring and qualification-for-work exams; treatment and diagnosis of injuries and illnesses; health initiatives for past workers exposed to specific hazards at Hanford; record management; health and wellness programs; industrial hygiene support; vaccinations and laboratory services.

HPM will bring experience with Hanford and an understanding of the site's culture, said Hollie Mooers, who founded the company in downtown Kennewick in 2001 and is president.

Since then the company has grown from three employees to about 80 and plans to bring on more workers now.

"We should transition with minimal disruption to the site," she said. The transition is expected to begin July 1 with HPM in charge Oct. 1. The contract includes a two-year base period with options for four, one-year extensions.

DOE is familiar with HPM's work as a subcontractor for CSC and also as a subcontractor for Mission Support Alliance, the Hanford sitewide services contractor. HPM also holds a contract to provide occupational health services for NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.

Several years ago, HPM set a goal to next become the Hanford occupational medical contractor and steadily has worked toward that, Mooers said.

CSC, formerly known at Hanford as AdvanceMed Hanford, was awarded the occupational medicine contract for up to 10 years in 2004, when the contract was not restricted to small businesses. Before then, the contract was held since 1965 by the Hanford Environmental Health Foundation.

Under HPM, Dr. Karen Phillips will remain as medical director and Dr. Denise Algood, a staff physician, will take over as the clinic director, Mooers said. HPM has created a new senior management position for a nursing director and it will be filled with a person new to the Tri-City area.

A new contract manager also will be brought to Hanford.

Nonmanagerial staff will transfer from CSC to HPM.

The contract principally is a fixed-price contract. That risk for the contractor might have discouraged companies less familiar with the site from bidding, Mooers said.

The hybrid contract also includes award payments and cost reimbursement for certain expenses, including legacy pensions, laboratory services and upgrading equipment and services. It also includes possible additional work under an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity option.

HPM has a history of community support. In 2010, it was named the corporate sponsor of the year for Elijah Family Homes, which helps Tri-City families living in poverty.

The company also has supported the Columbia Basin College Health Sciences Program and with its employees has supported the Safe Harbor Crisis Nursery and Domestic Violence Services of Benton and Franklin Counties.