$105,000 Scholarship Given in Memory of AMG Founder
7/17/2018 8:42:09 a.m. - Hobbs, NM.
Pam Waggoner Parkinson’s passion for caring led her to nursing school, and eventually to founding American Medical Services in Hobbs, NM, which later became American Medical Group when she partnered with Dr. Alan Hurt. Parkinson’s passion was to provide quality, personal medical treatment for people in Lea County. When she died May 15, 2018, her husband, Tommy Parkinson, and Dr. Hurt, wanted to leave a legacy in her name, to help students wishing to enter the nursing field. Their combined gift of $105,000 was given to New Mexico Junior College Foundation, to provide scholarships for nursing students. The scholarship will be called the Pamela Sue Parkinson Memorial Scholarship.
“Pam was the most gracious, genuine, generous person I ever met,” said Dr. Hurt. “When I started with AMG, we had nine employees, and now employ over 100 good people. She was the heart and soul of the company.”
Her husband Tommy Parkinson said, “Pam built a successful business in a community she loved, and loved to support. She always helped others, and the scholarship will continue her legacy.”
Pam Waggoner Parkinson graduated from Hobbs High School in 1973, and enrolled at New Mexico Junior College in the nursing program, with a full academic scholarship, completing her degree two years later. She started AMS as a part-time job in 1989, later moving to Marland Street in 1991. At that time, AMS provided industrial drug screens, worker’s comp case management, safety/accident investigations, and OSHA inspections. When she partnered with Dr. Hurt and renamed the company, they purchased the building on Fowler, and increased the services to include urgent and primary care seven days a week. They eventually expanded with clinics in Carlsbad and Midland.
“We are very grateful for the generosity of this scholarship,” said Dr. Kelvin Sharp, President of New Mexico Junior College and board member of the NMJC Foundation. “Because of this gift, many nursing students will be able to concentrate on their courses, without the worry of paying for tuition, fees and books. Her name will live on in the healthcare profession.”
For information about the NMJC Foundation and its programs and benefits for students, contact Dan Socolofsky, Director of Development or Tina Kunko, Accountant/Controller, at 575-492-2780.