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Norman Regional Hospital will begin limiting evening and night access to the hospital, citing the safety and security of employees, patients, physicians and visitors.

Beginning Monday, hospital entrances will be locked from the time visiting hours end at 9 p.m. until 4:30 a.m.

The northeast entry and the emergency department entrance will remain open and will be monitored by a security officer. Visitors who enter the hospital between those times will be issued visitor badges and will be asked to wear the badges while in the hospital during those hours.

Hospital staff and physicians can still enter the building through any door equipped with a badge reader.

"We believe these changes will ensure a safer environment for everyone inside the hospital," said Norman Regional Security Manager Richard Simpson. "People who are staying overnight with loved ones in the hospital still will have access to the building."

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