Watervliet Resident Donates $30,000 to PARCOURSE
Sep 26, 2018 Share

(WATERVLIET) – Watervliet resident, Jim Camfferman, recently donated $30,000 in support of the Lakeland Hospital Watervliet PARCOURSE – an outdoor walking/running track available to the community. Jim donated the funds in honor of his late wife, Diane Camfferman, who passed away in July 2016. Diane worked at Lakeland Hospital Watervliet for 43 years in both the laboratory and as President of the Community Hospital Foundation Auxiliary. Jim and Diane met at the hospital in 1965 while he was working as an orderly.

“[Diane] deserves it,” said Jim. “In a way I feel like I owe it to the hospital. Over the years, there were times when that paycheck kept us afloat.”

 “We are filled with gratitude for this significant gift from Mr. Camfferman which takes us one step closer to our goal of providing a renovated PARCOURSE for the community, while also honoring Diane, a long-time Lakeland team member,” said Brandi Smith-Gordon, Vice President of Philanthropy and President of Lakeland Health Foundations.

Currently, the PARCOURSE is a 1.1 mile walking/running track with a gravel base. The track is free of charge and open to the public seven days a week, from dawn to dusk. It is primarily used by physical therapists and rehabilitation patients, local sports teams, physical education classes, residents from nearby apartment complexes, and community members.

The newly redesigned course will feature two quarter-mile asphalt loops that can accommodate individuals with disabilities who may need to use wheelchairs or walkers. Plans for each loop include four exercise stations or pods. Each station will include different types of professional grade exercise equipment that offer varying degrees of difficulty for all fitness levels. These stations can range from stationary equipment, such as a pull-up bar, to equipment with moveable parts like a stationary bicycle.

To date, a total of $251,162 has been raised in support of the $365,000 project which is slated for completion in 2020. For continued updates on the project, or to learn more about how you can provide support, contact the Lakeland Health Foundations at (269) 927-5143 or visit

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