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New federal grant money could give residents of rural Western North Carolina better access to medical care.
Western Carolina University recently received the first half of nearly $700,000 in federal grant money to train family nurse practitioners for WNC. The money, and the family nurse practitioner candidates it will support, could help fill an acute need in nearly all the region for primary medical care close to home, especially as WNC continues to be a popular option for retirees, Linda Comer said.