On Friday, June 13, 2008, the City of Philadelphia Mayor's Office of Communications issued the following news release:


Philadelphia, June 13, 2008 - Today, Mayor Michael A. Nutter and Deputy Mayor Don Schwarz announced Philadelphia Health Management Corporation (PHMC) as the new Out-of-School-Time fiscal and management intermediary. PHMC was selected through the open and transparent e-Contract process. The process for RFPing the intermediary contract was completed ahead of schedule and will cost the City less money than Safe and Sound, the former contract holder. PHMC will begin providing services July 1, taking over operation of all summer programs currently operated by the previous contract provider.

"PHMC is an experienced provider and the transition of summer programs will be smooth," said Mayor Nutter. "Dr. Schwarz and his team did an incredible job of RFPing the contract in a timely and transparent manner. The end result is a contract that will provide excellent services at a lower cost."

The City formally issued the RFP in April and six organizations submitted letters of intent to submit a proposal, including five social service agencies, and a university. A seventeen-member RFP evaluation committee consisting of representatives from City agencies, the School District, the PA Department of Public Welfare, a foundation, several not-for-profits with experience as intermediaries or as child advocates and persons with expertise in Out-of-School-Time and other programming for children and youth was formed to evaluate the applicants and hear presentations from the two final applicants.

The Chosen Respondent, PHMC, was ranked more highly on:

  • Experience as a financial intermediary and fiscal and program monitor, which are core functions
  • Experience with out-of-school-time programming - PHMC was a Safe and Sound sub-contractor from approximately 2002-2007
  • Efficiency of Staffing Model - 21% fewer full-time equivalents than the other finalist
  • Cost - 6% less expensive than the other finalist: ($2.8 million vs. $3.0 million)

Congratulations to all PHMC staff who worked so hard to make this happen!