Much like its Greek origins imply (diakonos means helper), Deaconess Associations Incorporated (DAI) is out to make life a little easier for the sick and disabled. The company operates an acute-care hospital; about two dozen long-term care facilities (nursing homes, retirement centers and assisted living facilities); as well as home care operations (including adult Medicare and pediatric nursing, infusion and respiratory therapy, and home medical equipment services). The company's facilities can be found in Ohio, Kansas, and Missouri, with the biggest concentration in Missouri. DAI traces its origins to Deaconess Hospital, its acute care facility founded in 1888 in Cincinnati.
Along with operating the hospital, which provides adult medicine for seniors suffering from atrial fibrillation, older adult mental health issues, joint pain, and persistent wounds, among other illnesses, DAI performs research through its Heimlich Institute.
Research at the Heimlich Institute (named after its president and founder of the Heimlich Maneuver, Dr. Henry Heimlich) has brought forth a number of new medical devices and techniques that include the Heimlich Operation, which provides a new esophagus for victims of birth defects or cancer; the Heimlich Chest Drain Valve, for people with chest injuries; and the Heimlich Method for Rehabilitation of Swallowing, which restores the ability to swallow food after stroke or injury.