OVMC's Pink Power Night Returns in 2015

Dr. Voellinger Addresses Colon Cancer Awareness.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Dr. Mark Voellinger

In honor of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, OVMC will host the first Pink Power Night this year on Tuesday, March 3 at which Dr. Mark Voellinger, a board-certified gastroenterologist, will speak to community members about colon health.


Pink Power Night is a monthly, community-based expo event designed to celebrate women in the Ohio Valley by offering a night for women with a social aspect and a healthy lifestyle education portion.


“Each month, we focus on a way for women to live healthy, happy lives,” said Laurie Labishak, vice president of marketing at OVMC and East Ohio Regional Hospital. “Women make 80 percent of the healthcare decisions in their households, and most women put the needs of others before themselves. We want women to know we care about them and want to arm them with the knowledge to stay healthy.”

At the event, Voellinger will discuss the importance of early screenings for colon cancer and review risk factors associated with the disease. Colon cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in both men and women. However, if detected early, colorectal cancer can be more easily and successfully treated.


“We encourage the community to meet Dr. Voellinger who has enhanced our gastrointestional care and the services provided to patients at both OVMC and EORH,” said Michael Caruso, president and CEO of Ohio Valley Health Services and Education Corp. “Dr. Voellinger aims to educate and inform community residents about colorectal cancers and the approaches to treating it.”


Native to the Ohio Valley and a graduate of Wheeling Central, Voellinger is a gastroenterologist board-certified in internal medicine and is a fellow with the National Institutes of Health and the University of Maryland Medical Center in Maryland. He earned his medical degree at West Virginia University School of Medicine where he served as chief resident before completing his fellowships. Voellinger joins OVMC with experience in treating a wide range of patients with disorders of the gastrointestinal system. His professional affiliations are extensive with memberships in the American Gastroenterology Association and the American Medical Association, to name a few.


Voellinger specializes in diagnosing and treating diseases involving the esophagus, stomach, small intestines, colon, liver, gallbladder, and pancreas.


“It is important for women to learn more about colorectal cancer because the first step in preventing the disease is through education,” said Voellinger. “I look forward to Tuesday’s Pink Power Night where local women can begin the first steps to begin the prevention process.”


Reservations can be made at www.ovmc-eorh.com or (304) 234-8233.


Ohio Valley Medical Center, located in Wheeling, W. Va., and East Ohio Regional Hospital, located in Martins Ferry, Ohio, are a 340-bed combined organization with more than 1,600 employees providing the area’s only comprehensive orthopedic centers of excellence, behavioral and mental health services and board certified emergency services on both sides of the Ohio River. We are the Ohio Valley's community hospitals.