An Earnest Mission

For Owensboro Police Department Patrolman Clinton Earnest, it was
important to him to find a doctor that had the same values; someone forthright, honest and, well, earnest.

He found what he was looking for in Owensboro Health Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Mark McGinnis.

The Injury

On Dec. 19, 2013, Earnest tore his bicep muscle while moving a TV at his home. As a full-time police officer and a drill sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserve, Earnest said it was important to him that he not just recover, but that he stay active and functional. Earnest also takes on special duties at OPD as a member of the department’s Special Response Team (OPD’s version of a Special Weapons And Tactics [SWAT] team), the bike patrol, the honor guard and as an evidence tech.

Ten days after injuring himself, Earnest was treated by McGinnis, which included a surgery to repair the damage to the muscle. Earnest said he couldn’t have asked for a better experience.

Back on Patrol

“It's been a good three months of recovery and I'm on month four,” Earnest said. “I’ve recovered just fine.”

Earnest added that he was extremely pleased with Dr. McGinnis and said he’d definitely recommend others to see McGinnis.

“It was very pleasant. He had very good bedside manner, he was professional and he showed he really cared. I enjoyed him being my doctor,” Earnest said. “He even called on me a week and a half later to check on me. I've never had a doctor do that. He seems down to earth, very personable. He made me feel very comfortable.”