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Deaconess to Honor Dr. Henry J. Heimlich for lifetime of achievement

Deaconess Associations, Inc. will honor Dr. Henry J. Heimlich, developer of the Heimlich maneuver, at a special dinner and cabaret to be held Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Manor House in Mason.

The event will run from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. and feature dinner and presentation of a Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Heimlich. The group will move to a second room for dessert and cabaret-style entertainment by renowned vocalist Susan Emerson. Cost is $150 per person and $250 per couple.

The evening will benefit the Heimlich Heroes program, a middle school curriculum that teaches children the Heimlich maneuver, and Independent Transportation NetworkGreater Cincinnati (ITNGC). The ITNGC is a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week driving service for seniors over 60 years old and visually impaired adults. Volunteers provide their own cars to transport members throughout greater Cincinnati.

“This is a great opportunity for us to honor Dr. Heimlich and the great contributions he has made to the medical community, as well as support two important community programs and enjoy some wonderful entertainment,” said Patrick Ward, director of the Heimlich Institute.

Heimlich, 92, was a thoracic surgeon, associate clinical professor at University of Cincinnati and director of surgery at The Jewish Hospital in Cincinnati in 1972 when he became interested in the problem of saving choking victims. He conducted research on an anaesthetized beagle and did studies on himself and 10 other doctors, measuring the huge flow of air coming out of the mouth that proved pressing the diaphragm upward, compressing the lungs, could carry a piece of food out of airway and out of the mouth. By 1974, this research developed into what became known as the Heimlich maneuver.

His mission the last 40 years has been to inspire others to seek simple, creative solutions to complex health issues through the Heimlich Institute in Cincinnati.

Heimlich’s other notable contributions to medical science include invention of the MicroTrach and Heimlich Chest Drain Valve. In 1984, Dr. Heimlich was recognized with the prestigious Albert Lasker Public Service Award. He is a member of the Engineering and Science Hall of Fame (1985), the Safety and Health Hall of Fame, and a recipient of the American Academy of Achievement Award.

Heimlich is married to Jane Murray Heimlich, daughter of ballroom dance legends Arthur and Kathryn Murray, and an author in her own right.

A Bay Area Critics’ Circle Award winner and Drama-Logue Award winner, vocalist Susan Emerson has appeared in Broadway tours, off-Broadway and in top regional theaters around the country. She was most recently seen in the national tour of Phantom the Opera as Mme. Giry. Critics have called her “an achingly lyric soprano,” “a shining voice” and a “standout” who “stops the show.”

Tickets, sponsorships, and host and hostess roles are available by calling (513) 559-2664. Only 150 event tickets will be sold. Click Here to buy tickets or to help sponsor the event.