Areas of Care

Wound Care And Hyperbaric Medicine Center Multidisciplinary Outpatient Care for Patients with Chronic Non-Healing Wounds

The goal of the East Jefferson Wound and Hyperbaric Medicine Center is to significantly increase patients’ wound healing rates and improve patients’ quality of life.

These wounds are usually the result of diabetes, excessive pressure (bedsores), circulatory conditions, trauma or surgery. The patient’s initial visit includes a comprehensive evaluation, which is used by staff to develop an individualized care plan using the most advanced treatments available. Education is provided throughout the course of treatment to promote rapid healing and prevent recurrence.

Patients may be referred to the Wound Center by their physicians or they may self-refer.


  • Dr. Frank Rabito

    Dr. Rabito attended Jesuit High School then LSU for both his B.S. and medical school. He is a Board Certified Infectious Disease Physician as well as being certified in Wound Care. In practice since 1986, He is Medical Director of the Wound Center at EJGH and has been published multiple times. He has been influential in the treatment of Infectious Disease, the treatment of the elderly, wound care and the treatment of those with HIV.

  • Dr. Luis Arencibia

    Dr. Arencibia is a past Chief of Staff at East Jefferson General Hospital. Originally from Miami Florida, he is Board Certified in both Family Medicine and Wound Care and a Fellow in both the AAFP, and AACWS. He was drawn to wound care because of the impact it can make on someone’s life when he heals a wound that the patient had been suffering with for a long time. In particular he recalls using hyperbarics to heal a 20-year old radiation wound from sarcoma. He described that experience as being just short of a miracle and one of the rewarding outcomes that makes him glad he chose wound care as his specialty.

  • Dr. Juan Escobar

    A native of San Juan Puerto Rico, Dr. Escobar attended San Juan Bautista Medical School before his Residency in Plastic Surgery at Tulane University School of Medicine and a Fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale Arizona. He is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who has this to say about his work in wound care, " I am very luck to be in a position where I can help a patient feel better about themselves with an elective cosmetic procedure, a reconstruction after cancer or help another better their quality of life with my expertise in woundcare, or ultimately with Surgery if need be..."

  • Dr. Leon Shingledecker

    Dr. Leon Shingledecker Is a Board Certified Podiatrist and Wound Care Specialist, who provides expert care, diagnosis and treatment of ankle and foot disorders for children, adults, and seniors. His practice has grown steadily, as have his credentials and achievements. He can provide you with the correct form of foot care, proper footwear and the early recognition of foot conditions.

    Dr. Shingledecker specializes in the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers, using the most advanced, effective methods of healing available today. His comprehensive approach can heal wounds that have resisted other treatments, and help you avoid loss of limbs, reduce incidence of recurrence, and get your life back.

    Dr. Shingledecker also specializes in HyProCure®, treatment of misaligned feet.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy operates in conjunction with East Jefferson’s existing wound care center which provides outpatient services to people with chronic or difficult to heal wounds. Hyperbaric medicine, also known as hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), is the medical use of concentrated oxygen at levels higher than atmospheric pressure. HBOT has numerous indications some of which include the treatment of certain diabetic wounds of the lower extremities, necrotizing soft tissue infections, chronic refractory osteomyelitis, radiation necrosis, and failed skin grafts.

Sep 4 News EJGH Offers Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

May 8 News EJGH Healthy Lifestyles: Ease of Access & Online Scheduling – 05/08/19