Las Vegas, Nevada – The Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium based at Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center, welcomed its new residents June 27th during an annual white coat ceremony.

"I want to thank you for joining our family," said Alexis Mussi Chief Executive Officer of Southern Hills Hospital. "This is a family you are going to grow to love, a hospital and culture unlike anything you've ever seen, and a team you are going to be so proud to be a part of."

The white coat ceremony is a tradition to welcome new residents to the facility and present them with their first long physician's coat. The symbol of the white coat is a promise that its wearer has made to each and every patient whom he or she encounters: the promise to heal and to care.

Of the 25 new residents based at Southern Hills, eight will be part of the family medicine program, 13 will be joining the transitional year program, and four will be a part of the inaugural class for psychiatry residency. Beginning in August, Southern Hills Hospital will also welcome three fellows into the inaugural gastroenterology fellowship.

"The graduate medical education (GME) at Southern Hills Hospital continues to expand and bring renewed excitement to our campus," family medicine program director Dr. Maureen Strohm said. "With the psychiatry residency and gastroenterology fellowship joining our family medicine residency and transitional year programs, our residents will further Southern Hills' mission to not only treat, but touch the lives of patients across Southern Nevada."

The 25 new residents program will officially begin in July.