VantageLinks’ indirect link to Dancing with the Stars is finalist Amy Purdy, the Paralympian. In 2008, VantageLinks and The Institute for Quality Resource Management teamed with John P. Kirby, MD, FCCWS, FACS, Associate Professor, Surgery, Division of General Surgery Acute and Critical Care Surgery Section at Washington University School of Medicine, to develop a software data repository for the Wendi Gordon Shelist Foundation to help patients and healthcare professionals share information leading to improved outcomes for patients suffering from necrotizing fasciitis, also known as the flesh eating bacteria.
Amy Purdy, who finished second in the popular show, lost her both of her legs and kidneys to septic shock, also an organ destroying disease. The data repository created by the Wendi Gordon Shelist Foundation and VantageLinks may be used by healthcare providers worldwide to improve the quality of life of these people who often mysteriously contract the disease. To learn more, visit the Wendi Gordon Shelist Foundation’s website.