Happy belated New Year. We thought 2020 would never be behind us. 2021 will be better, maybe significantly.

I am preparing this column in early December at a particularly grim time. COVID-19 is peaking, with new cases, hospitalizations, and deaths seeming to rise daily. The pandemic has brought about the worst economic crisis in our lifetime and has occurred against a backdrop of social and political strife. It is very likely as this February issue hits, the situation will still be difficult.

An article published on December 4 in The Atlantic, “The U.S. Has Passed the Hospital Breaking Point,” described the difficult winter ahead. However, the concluding paragraph acknowledged:

Our members and ASA have certainly risen to the challenge and are well positioned for the future. In my circle of medical society executives, we note how the pandemic has changed our organizations. It has challenged us to be nimble, to...

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