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Bite Squad adds options

Bite Squad added 15 restaurants to its base in Bentonville, bringing the total to 40. The company is a Minnesota-based, food-delivery service that began operating in Northwest Arkansas in May after it merged with Chef Shuttle.

The company started in 2012 when founders Kian Salehi and Arash Allaei saw a need in their hometown community of Minneapolis for an easy, fast and inexpensive way to order delivery, according to Bite Squad's press kit.

Bite Squad offers delivery options via applications on smartphones, as well as a website,

Arsaga's to buy restaurant

The Arsaga family plans to buy the Greenhouse Grille at 481 S. School Ave., and it hopes to begin renovations in 2018, according to Ava Arsaga.

The project will join four other Fayetteville Arsaga restaurants and coffee shops. Arsaga said the family hopes to open in three to six months.

The name and menu options are still up in the air. Patrick Lane, chef at Arsaga's at the Depot, will be in charge of coming up with a new menu. The restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. There will be a walk-up coffee bar, similar to the one at Arsaga's at the Depot. Alcohol will be served.

Mercy celebrates grant

Mercy Health Foundation will use a $150,000 grant from the Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas to support Northwest Arkansas' community internal medicine residency program, a partnership among Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas in Rogers, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Northwest in Fayetteville and the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks, also in Fayetteville.

The program began in June 2016 with eight resident physicians, who were joined in June 2017 by another eight. All do clinical rotations at the three partners' hospitals and clinics. The program will add another eight residents in 2018.

Hospitals receive bonus payments

Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville and Siloam Springs Regional Hospital received performance bonus payments from Arkansas Medicaid and the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care as part of the annual Inpatient Quality Incentive program. The awards were presented during the annual Arkansas Medicaid Educational Conference, Dec. 6 in Little Rock.

The bonus payments are based on successful performance in improving the quality of health care and patient outcomes that align with Arkansas Medicaid's clinical priorities.

Arkansas Medicaid, the Arkansas Hospital Association and Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care worked together to develop the Inpatient Quality Incentive, which has earned national attention for its innovative involvement with the health care community. The program reflects a growing movement toward rewarding hospitals for commitment to quality and providing evidence-based care to their patients.

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