- Associated Press - Saturday, November 22, 2014

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - Three Michigan institutions have received a combined $625,000 in federal funds under a program designed to improve health care and educational services.

The grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture were among 65 awarded nationally for distance learning and telemedicine projects.

Memorial Hospital in Owosso is getting $110,000 to connect medical professionals with providers and patients in five remote rural clinics.

A grant of $217,629 to Munson Medical Center in Traverse City will provide telemedicine links between the hospital and rural communities to assist patients with bleeding disorders.

Central Michigan University received $297,671 to support training of medical students in remote rural clinics and hospitals. More than 100 students will be trained annually to address the shortage of rural health care providers.

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