PARCOURSE 70 percent funded after new donation

PARCOURSE pictured June 2018.

WATERVLIET — The PARCOURSE renovation project at Lakeland Hospital Watervliet is another step closer to reaching its financial goal. 

Jim Camfferman of Watervliet donated $30,000 this week in honor of his wife Diane Camfferman, who died in July 2016.

Diane worked at Lakeland Hospital Watervliet for 43 years in 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,” Camfferman said in a news release announcing the donation. “In a way I feel like I owe it to the hospital. Over the years, there were times when that paycheck kept us afloat.”

To date, a total of $251,162 has been raised in support of the $365,000 project, which broke ground in June and is expected to be completed in several stages by the end of 2020.

“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, in the news release.

The PARCOURSE 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 1.1-mile walking/running track will be redesigned to have two quarter-mile asphalt loops to accommodate individuals who may use wheelchairs, walkers or other mobility aids. Each loop will have four stations or pods with different types of professional grade exercise equipment that offer varying degrees of difficulty for all fitness levels.

For more information about the project, call 927-5143 or visit

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