Jan. 13, 2016
Kansas City Star
Reporter: Ruth Baum Bigus:
Lisa Sackuvich knows what it’s like to take infusion therapy for a chronic medical issue. She’s been there herself.
“As I child, I had to get infusions at the hospital with a kidney issue,” Sackuvich said. “But I can remember those times being quite traumatic and they would take your mom away from you.”
That’s partly why she became a nurse — to offer reassurance, comfort and care.
A nurse with more than three decades experience, Sackuvich is owner and president of ARJ Infusion Services, a Lenexa-based company that provides infusion therapy. ARJ stand for the words accountable, reliable and joint partnership.
Q: What does ARJ Infusion Services offer?
“We provide pharmaceuticals and nursing services for people with chronic disorders in their home. It is IV therapy for chronic disorders that need therapy that have to have services provided by nurses.”
ARJ works with children as young as 2-months through older adults who deal with such conditions as hemophilia, bleeding disorders, immune deficiency and neurological and autoimmune disorders.
Sackuvich said most of these are lifelong disorders.
“We are blessed to know our patients for a long time,” she said.
ARJ Services does not provide not chemotherapy or dialysis services.
“Our referrals come from physicians and hemophilia treatment centers like the ones at Truman Medical Center and Children’s Mercy Hospital,” Sackuvich said. “We obtain the orders from the doctor as to what needs to be done, we handle all the insurance company and authorize everything.”
ARJ pharmacists dispense the medications and the supplies and then nursing staff travels to homes to administer the therapy.