BUSINESS BRIEFS: BBQ grand opening this week … and other items

PORT ANGELES — Blue Tygre Forge has set its grand opening BBQ celebration for Friday, Aug. 7.

The free event at the new blacksmithing business at 2540 W. U.S. Highway 101, is open to the public.

From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. the forge will serve up nonalcoholic drinks and hotdogs.

Blacksmith Richard Fife and another blacksmith will be working forges during the event.

Forge employees will be available to answer attendees’ questions.

For more information, contact Fife at 360-670-7771 or

New stylist

PORT ANGELES — Cosmetologist Vanessa Ridgway began offering her styling services at Shear Elegance Salon on Monday, July 23.

Ridgway brings with her 3.5 years of cosmetology experience to the salon at 210 E. Fourth St.

She is available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Her specialties include — but are not limited to — haircuts, braided updos, manicures, pedicures and perms.

For more information, call 360-457-7993.

Leadership award

PORT ANGELES — Patti Haught, director of Olympic Medical Center’s patient experience program, received the hospital’s leadership award.

OMC CEO Eric Lewis presented the award to Haught at a recent management meeting.

“Patti is the ultimate patient experience champion and over the last several years has taken our patient experience program to the next level,” Jennifer Burkhardt, chief human resources officer, said in a news release.

Haught was recognized for her efforts in advancing the initiatives that improve the experience for patients, and engage employees in the work.

Patient experience staff act as a resource for best practices, provide data analytics, and collaborate with all OMC departments and clinics to ensure consistent patient-centered practices, according to the release.

Haught was also recognized for her work in developing a Patient & Family Advisory Council.

The council consists of patients, family members, staff, clinicians and leadership to provide input on continuing improvement projects.

Haught began working at Olympic Medical Home Health in 2007, then transitioned to Olympic Medical Patient Relations Coordinator in 2010 and has been a Patient Experience Manager since 2015.