South Florida Hospital News
Tuesday January 19, 2021
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January 2021 - Volume 17 - Issue 7
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Publisher's Note

The Year 2020

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”
- Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
 
As I write this the last notes of 2020 fade and like all of us, our welcome mat is out for 2021. While our winter will continue to be a tough one, I see a glimmer of light. Two vaccines have been approved and their distribution started, while a second stimulus package (such as it is) is on the horizon. But for all this good news, we still have a monumental mountain of crowded hospitals, many friends lost to the Coronavirus, burnt-out healthcare workers and the ever-present Pandemic to remember and overcome.
 
It’s times like these I realize how lucky Carol and I are to get to do life together with Gabby and keep each other going. Like everyone else, we’ve rarely seen family or friends in the past 10 months, and with the exception of my ubiquitous SFHN&HR and Cannabis News Florida Zoom meetings, contact with our partners and clients is limited to the other end of the phone or computer monitor. But our thanks are still in order for all of your support in 2020. Because of our readers, advertisers, SFHN&HR and CNF staff, we haven’t missed one print issue, e-newsletter posting or networking meeting on our schedules.
 
But now on to 2021. How do we turn the page? We do it with small gestures of kindness and consideration, we do it by taking one day at a time, remaining masked and rolling up sleeves when our vaccination time comes. We look forward to the days when ICU bed shortages aren’t breaking news and our healthcare workers are no longer stretched to the point of breaking and beyond. When we’ll all be able to find “strength in what’s been left behind.”
 
I’m certain there will be a time in the not too distant future, when I’ll regale you again with my Best Buy escapades and Carol’s miserly idiosyncrasies. But for now, let’s all care enough to stay away from each other, wear our masks, and if you can, give to our food banks, local charities, and neighbors who may need a little extra help.

Charles can be reached at Charles@southfloridahospitalnews.com.

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