Wound Care / Hyperbaric Medicine

(985) 871-6088

Paul D. Cordes Outpatient Pavilion

16300 Highway 1085, Covington

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday


The St. Tammany Parish Hospital Clinic for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine provides a comprehensive approach to wound healing in an outpatient setting. Patients’ physicians and the wound care specialists are a team, with personal physicians attending patients’ overall medical needs and the Clinic for Wound Care treating the wound and returning the patient to the physician’s expert care.

The clinic is the oldest wound care clinic in the area. At its head since the clinic opened in 2003, John Kessels MD has been responsible for wound-healing rates and days-to-heal rates that far outperform national measures.

Dr. Kessels, a certified wound specialist, leads a team of nurses and certified hyperbaric technicians with a combined 50+ years of experience. This highly qualified team has healed thousands of wounds using the most sophisticated treatment options available, including ultrasonic debridement, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, Sensilase technology for blood circulation assessment and bioengineered skin substitutes.

While Dr. Kessels and his staff deliver latest treatment options, he finds “getting back to basics”- extensive patient education, focus on prevention, collaboration with other physicians and family - results in successful wound healing. Because Dr. Kessels identifies the underlying causes for non-healing wounds, he is able to develop a care plan that treats the whole patient.

“When patients have other medical problems such as diabetes, skin tears and minor sores can be challenging to heal. Developing a plan that includes the underlying causes is a must,” Dr. Kessels says. “Our goal is to help the patient regain the quality of life enjoyed before the wound became debilitating and ultimately keep the patient wound free. We recognize the root causes and work directly with our patients and families to be certain the factors contributing to the condition are addressed.”



The Wound Care Clinic is committed to successfully treating difficult, poor-healing wounds. The team includes:
  • Physicians with advanced training in wound management
  • Nurses with advanced training in the treatment of acute and chronic wounds
  • Technicians with advanced training who perform noninvasive tests and a wide range of therapies
Wound care patients undergo a thorough diagnostic examination to identify the type of wound and the underlying problems causing the wound. After determination, the patient and wound care teams initiate a program tailored to the individual patient’s needs. Patients visit the center on a consistent basis until the wound completely heals. 


The clinic treats wounds associated with a variety of conditions, including:

  • Diabetes
  • Venous or arterial insufficiency
  • Non-healing surgical sites
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Burns
  • Cancer
  • Trauma
  • Immunological disorders


Research proves the need and efficacy of dedicated wound care clinics. The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel indicates more people develop pressure ulcers than develop cancer annually and about 60,000 of those individuals die each year.

  • More than 2.5 million U.S. residents develop pressure ulcers every year.
  • More than 60% of non-traumatic lower-limb amputations occur in people with diabetes.
  • Amputation risk for people with diabetes is estimated to be 15 to 40 times greater than that of the general population. 
  • Venous stasis (circulatory) ulcers affect 2 to 5 percent of Americans.

Specialty wound care treatment facilities such as the STPH Clinic for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine have reduced amputation rates significantly and reduced the length of hospital stays. Call the clinic at 985-871-6088 or ask your physician for a referral. The center accepts the same insurance plans as St. Tammany Parish Hospital.