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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Intermountain Health Care is stepping up security at its facilities by requiring people who visit patients to have a special access badge.
Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George will be the first to require visitors to wear the badges.
Starting January 17, anyone who wants to get past the hospital's main lobby will need one.
I-H-C says the badges are intended to help protect patients' privacy and create a more soothing environment.
The badges open doors in restricted areas when swiped in front of a wall-mounted sensor. They identify the person wearing it as a visitor, and are coded to allow access only to certain areas.
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