Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center
USS Osborne Dental Clinic
USS Osborne is named in honor of Lieutenant (JG) Weeden E. Osborne, a Navy Dentist, Medal of Honor recipient, and the first Naval Officer killed in land action in World War I. USS Osborne is one of four Branch Dental Clinics that are part of the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center located in North Chicago, Illinois.
As part of the “Quarterdeck of the Navy,” the clinic provides a full spectrum of dental treatment to more than 40,000 enlisted recruits annually. The clinic mission is to make at least 95% of all recruits passing through the Recruit Training Command dentally qualified for world-wide deployment before they graduate from the Navy’s only “Boot Camp.”
75% of incoming recruits need some dental treatment during recruit training, and 60% require treatment that is more extensive than a simple cleaning. 20% of incoming recruits, or about 7,500 recruits per year, require extensive treatment such as removal of impacted wisdom teeth, root canals, multiple large fillings, crowns, and/or dentures, frequently calling for complex, multi-disciplinary treatment plans. In a normal year, this will require the delivery of the equivalent of more than $50 million worth of dental treatment.
Achieving the mission is accomplished by a highly skilled and dedicated staff 75 dentists, 11 dental hygienists, and 165 dental auxiliary personnel during the 7 weeks of recruit training.
Services provided include virtually all areas of dentistry, from simple cleanings through the removal of teeth under intravenous sedation and the delivery of over 500 Computer Assisted Designed and Manufactured ceramic crowns and onlays each year. There are more than 30 dentists devoted solely to providing fillings.