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 giving.

In 2018, Stormont Vail became the Children’s Miracle Network hospital for northeast Kansas.  Funds raised by our local partners help support numerous pediatric programs. To learn more about our CMN affiliation, partners and events visit our page on the Children’s Miracle Network website at

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.


  • Miranda Carmona, Chairperson, Goodell, Stratton, Edmonds & Palmer, LLP
  • Andy Thompkins, Ed.D., Vice Chairperson, Community Volunteer
  • Kevin Hahn, DVM, Immediate Past Chairperson, Tri-Source Pharma
  • Anne Wilson, Secretary, Community Volunteer
  • Pamela Johnson-Betts, Ex Officio, Topeka Public Schools Foundation
  • Amy Burns, President, Stormont Vail Foundation
  • Randy Peterson, Vice President, President & CEO, Stormont Vail Health
  • Ken Stone, Treasurer, Director, Corporate Finance, Stormont Vail Health


  • Randy Austin, Fairlawn Plaza Mall
  • Heather Birkbeck, Community Volunteer
  • Tara Dimick, Envista
  • Joe Gigous, Community Volunteer
  • Natalie Haag, Capitol Federal
  • Amanda Kiefer, Federal Home Loan Bank of Topeka
  • Jeff Martin, Westar Energy
  • Mike Morse, Kansas Commercial Real Estate
  • Kent Palmberg, MD, Community Volunteer
  • Clint Patty, Clayton Wealth Partners
  • Lyn Rantz, Ed.D., Topeka Collegiate School
  • Daniel Richardson, DVM, Community Volunteer
  • Michelle Schierling, MD, Stormont Vail Health
  • Angela Sharp, Bartlett and West
  • Mick Urban, Kansas Gas Service
  • Daina Williams, L&J Building Maintenance
  • Errol Williams, Community Volunteer
  • Douglas Wolff, Security Benefit

Stormont Vail Foundation Staff

  • Amy Burns, Executive director
  • Sarah Basso, Children’s Miracle Network Program Manager
  • Lori Franken, Foundation Specialist
  • Tina Long, Development Officer
  • Dawna Merten, Foundation Specialist


Stormont Vail Foundation 2018 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.

Fall 2018 & Spring 2019 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

BIG HEARTS Golf Tournament

The 2019 BIG HEARTS Golf Tournament will be held Monday, Sept. 16, at the Topeka Country Club. Proceeds will benefit a new Cotton O’Neil mobile clinic, which will expand access to care for patients in underserved areas across the region. Rocky and Debbie Taylor are the event’s honorary co-chairs. For information about 2019 sponsorship opportunities contact Tina Long at (785) 354-5995.

Click here to register online for the 2019 BIG HEARTS Golf Tournament.

A record number of golfers helped set a record amount at the 18th Annual BIG HEARTS Golf Tournament. Altogether the event raised more than $240,000 in sponsorships, player registrations, in-kind and other gifts for oncology services at the Cotton O’Neil Cancer Center. Rick and Sue Wienckowski were the event’s honorary co-chairs. The tournament’s presenting sponsor was Hospital Assistance Program, with Goodell, Stratton, Edmonds and Palmer LLP, Lockton Companies and the Wienckowskis serving as title sponsors.

2018 BIG HEARTS Sponsorship List

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: