DOE starts search for next Hanford medical provider

The Hanford Site operated by the Department of Energy near Richland.
The Hanford Site operated by the Department of Energy near Richland. Tri-City Herald

The Department of Energy is asking for information from companies interested in providing occupational health services at Hanford, an initial step toward awarding a new contract.

HPM Corp. of Kennewick holds the current contract, which expires in September 2018. It operates clinics in Richland and in central Hanford.

The new contract is expected to cover about $15 million of work annually. Health and safety services would be provided to more than 8,000 Hanford and DOE employees.

Services could include medical monitoring, worker qualification exams, first aid, following ongoing site-related health issues, employee counseling and health promotion, vaccine services, travel medicine and hearing protection.

DOE has not set the type of contract or contracts, their length or other requirements, saying its request for information is for market research. However, when HPM Corp. was awarded its current contract, only businesses that met federal small business requirements were allowed to bid.

Businesses have until 9 a.m. March 31 to submit statements on their capabilities and any ideas about the efficient performance of the work. DOE said it planned to post information at 1.usa.gov/24N0afn. Send questions to Richlandpost2018@emcbc.doe.gov.