WESTERLY — Westerly Hospital has announced that in an effort to enhance safety, two access points to the hospital will be closed permanently to the public on Wednesday, Sept. 20. These are the rear entrance of the hospital, known as the Henry J. Nardone Conference Center entrance, and the “blue awning” entrance at the front of the hospital. All patients and visitors will be required to enter the building through the main entrance at the front of the hospital. “It is best practice for hospitals to have limited entrances and exits,” said Gary Young, director of public safety. “We have already secured access points in shipping and receiving. Securing these two remaining unmonitored entrances is an important step to making Westerly Hospital as safe as possible.”The Nardone and “blue awning” entrances will continue to be accessible to staff members, physicians and volunteers. However, beginning Sept. 20, identification badges will be required for access. The conference center entrance will continue to be functional for public events.