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Staff photo by Karen Jonas
Dr. James Pinto in front of his new medical office on Friday.

New OB/GYN doctor opens up clinic in Barstow

Dr. Pinto’s OB/GYN clinic:

Location: 320 East Buena Vista (near library)

Appointments: (760) 255-4963 or (760) 255-4224

BARSTOW • When Dr. James Pinto decided to move his practice from Elgin, Ill., to Barstow, he decided that he wanted to take Route 66 the entire way.

Pinto didn’t count on running into the big snowstorm last month that covered much of the United States. He wound up taking interstates part of the way in an attempt to avoid the snow and was unable to take the Mother Road for the entire length.

After his adventures in the snow last month, Pinto is ready to start helping women in Barstow as a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist who will have his own practice and will be contracted out of Barstow Community Hospital. Pinto has been in practice for almost 25 years, and he will be opening his new clinic next week. BCH currently has only one full-time obstetrician working out of the hospital, so the addition of Pinto is a benefit to the community, said John Rader, BCH spokesman.

Michael Stewart, CEO of Barstow Community Hospital, said he was pleased to have a new obstetrician as a contractor for the hospital and was glad that Pinto would be living in Barstow.

“This is extremely important for a physician of his specialty, because it allows for his patients to deliver in Barstow, no matter what time of day, rather than having to drive 45 minutes or more to the Victor Valley area to see their physician,” said Stewart in a statement.

Pinto was highly involved in his community in Elgin and has high hopes for becoming part of the Barstow community.

One of the new programs that Pinto wants to start at the hospital is a training program called Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, which trains nurses to examine sexual assault victims in order to collect forensic evidence. Pinto said emergency room doctors usually perform the examinations, but nurses can be trained to collect microscopic evidence. Nurses might have more time to perform the examinations when the physicians are busy with dealing with heart attacks or other life-threatening conditions, said Pinto. He said that the program was voluntary and would be useful for emergency room and labor and delivery nurses.

Pinto is also interested in working with the Federally Qualified Healthcare Clinic, currently in the planning stages for a clinic in Barstow serving patients on Medi-Cal or without health insurance.

Along with his plans for working with BCH and his new practice, Pinto has a lot of plans for living in the Barstow community. He and his wife recently purchased a pistachio farm in the Soapmine Road area. Pinto said his wife, Jodi, will be running the farm and occasionally coming in to work as well, as she has a master’s degree in nursing.

“The Pintos now own a pistachio farm,” joked Pinto.

Pinto said that another of his interests is in film and he attended film school a few years ago for directing and producing. He said he was interested in getting involved with the film commission in Barstow and was looking at filming different locations and businesses in Barstow.

Pinto’s clinic will be opening this week, and will be accepting all health insurance providers, including Medi-Cal and Medicare.

Contact the writer:
(760) 256-4122 or kjonas@desertdispatch.com


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