Referencing a column with space in name in SAS

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I have an Excel spreadsheet that has formatted column names.  Is there a way to reference a column in SAS if the name is
i.e.  "Provider Number".

I usually just change it to "Provider_Number" but I was wondering if there was a way to do this without changing the name.

Is there a way to change is after it is imported in using a Proc SQL or DATA Step?
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Aloysius LowCommented:
what you can do is to enclose the column name in quotation marks:
"Provider Number"n

also, you'll need to add an option to make sure SAS allows it:
options validvarname = any;
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