Stormont Vail Foundation

About: Mission & History

The Foundation was formed in 1984 to support Stormont Vail Health’s work to improve the health of our community. The Foundation raises funds through charity fundraisers, grants, donations, and planned and estate giving.

Our signature event each year is the BIG HEARTS Golf Tournament, proceeds from which will help with radiation oncology equipment purchases and assist patients and their families who receive services to treat, heal, prevent and cope with cancer at the Cotton O’Neil Cancer Center.

What is the Foundation?

The Stormont Vail Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the mission, vision, and values of Stormont Vail Health.

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the Foundation provides funds for:

  • Emergency patient needs
  • Nursing scholarships
  • Continuing education grants
  • Facility upgrades
  • New equipment

Why Donate to the Stormont Vail Foundation?

The Stormont Vail Foundation invites you to make a difference in the health of our community by making a donation. Because the Foundation’s operations are underwritten by Stormont Vail Health, 100% of your gift is directed to the fund of your choice.

Officers, Trustees & Staff

The Foundation’s work is made possible thanks to community leaders who serve as our officers and trustees, as well as the dedicated team members who keep the organization running.


  • Amy Burns, President & Executive Director, Stormont Vail Foundation
  • Kevin Hahn, DVM, Chairperson, Tri-Source Pharma
  • Miranda Carmona, Vice Chairperson, Goodell, Stratton, Edmonds & Palmer, LLP
  • Anne Wilson, Secretary, Community Volunteer
  • Randy Peterson, Ex Officio, President & CEO, Stormont Vail Health
  • Ken Stone, Treasurer, Director, Corporate Finance, Stormont Vail Health
  • Pamela Johnson-Betts, Ex Officio, Designated Representative of Board of Directors, Stormont Vail Health, Topeka Public Schools Foundation


  • Ben Artiles, Hill’s Pet Nutrition
  • Tara Dimick, Envista Credit Union
  • Natalie Haag, Capitol Federal®
  • Amanda Kiefer, FHLBank Topeka
  • Jeff Martin, Westar Energy
  • Mike Morse, Kansas Commercial Real Estate
  • Tom Morris, American Home Life Insurance
  • Maynard Oliverius, Community Volunteer
  • Kent Palmberg, M.D., Community Volunteer
  • Patty Pressman, Community Volunteer
  • Lyn Rantz, Topeka Collegiate
  • Dan Richardson, DVM, Community Volunteer
  • Angela Sharp, Bartlett & West
  • Olga Smith, Community Volunteer
  • Andy Tompkins, Community Volunteer
  • Mick Urban, Kansas Gas Service
  • Errol Williams, SE2
  • Doug Wolff, Security Benefit

Stormont Vail Foundation Staff

  • Amy Burns, President & Executive Director
  • Tina Long, Development Officer
  • Dawna Merten, Foundation Specialist
  • Lori Franken, Foundation Specialist


Stormont Vail Foundation 2017 Honor Roll



The Foundation is the largest grantor of scholarships to students of the Baker University School of Nursing. The scholarships total nearly $150,000 annually and help a new generation of health care professionals receive the expert training they need to meet the future needs of our communities.

2017 Scholarship Winners

Kent E. Palmberg, M.D., Medical Student Scholarship

The Kent E. Palmberg, M.D., Medical Student Scholarship was established on July 23, 2016, in honor and celebration of the 38 years of leadership provided by Kent Palmberg, M.D., as the chief medical officer at Stormont Vail Health and the 14th physician to join the Cotton O’Neil Medical Group. Dr. Palmberg was instrumental in negotiating the joining of the Cotton O’Neil Medical Group with Stormont Vail, and in recruiting more than 350 physicians to Stormont Vail to serve the needs of patients in the region.

The scholarship is funded by the Kent E. Palmberg, M.D., Medical Student Scholarship Endowment Fund. The annual scholarship award is $10,000. The annual application deadline is July 1. The winner is announced by Sept. 1 each year.

Robert “Dean” Smith Endowed Technical Training Scholarship

The Robert “Dean” Smith Endowed Technical Training Scholarship was established October 2016 in memory of Dean Smith, director of Design and Construction at Stormont Vail Health.

Dean was instrumental in the construction projects at Stormont Vail, including the Kanza Park Building which was under construction at the time of his death. Dean was a master plumber with a master mechanical license and held the technical trades in high esteem as important in the success of any project.

Areas to Support

18th Annual BIG HEARTS Golf Tournament

Over 17 years, sponsors, participants and friends helped raise some $2 million for the Children’s Endowment at the Stormont Vail Foundation through the BIG HEARTS for little hearts Golf Tournament. This generosity will help ensure a vibrant source of support for pediatric programs at Stormont Vail Health for generations to come.

Having reached this milestone, the 2018 tournament will shift its focus to Oncology Services. Join honorary co-chairs Rick and Sue Wienckowski as the Foundation presents the rebranded BIG HEARTS golf tournament on Sept. 17 at the Topeka Country Club. The event’s presenting sponsor is Hospital Assistance Program with Goodell, Stratton, Edmonds and Palmer LLP and Lockton Companies as Title Sponsors.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact the Foundation at 785-354-5995 for more information.

Giving a Legacy

The Stormont Vail Foundation invites you to help make a difference in the health of our community by making a donation. Because the Foundation’s operations are underwritten by Stormont Vail Health, 100 percent of your gift is directed to the fund of your choice.

For more information about donations to the Stormont Vail Foundation, you can reach the Foundation by phone at (785) 354-6851 or email: