“We are the children’s hospital for the state.”

“I’m not an administrator who’s a doctor. I’m a doctor who does administrative work.”

Dr. Day stands in the middle of the photo, holding a chicken that is trying to fly away. His wife and four children stand around him, holding cats and a family dog. Dr. Day is smiling despite the chaos around him.
From Kentucky Children’s Hospital to his home on their family farm, Dr. Day’s life is far from ordinary.

Dr. Scottie Day is not your typical hospital chief. For one, a few days a week, you’ll find him not in his office at Kentucky Children’s Hospital, but in the ICU, where he’s a practicing pediatric critical care physician. Other days, you’ll find him serenading the children’s hospital with his guitar, or chasing chickens and children around on his farmland. As an Eastern Kentucky native, Dr. Day has a playful personality, a passion for quality care and a deep pride in his roots in the Commonwealth.

Dr. Day and his wife, a slim woman with long blonde hair wearing jean shorts, a long-sleeved orange blouse, and cowgirl boots, sit on a wooden bench swing together.
Dr. Day and his wife, Kristi, met during an anatomy class when they were both medical students at the University of Kentucky.

After spending two years at a community college in Hazard, Dr. Day transferred to the University of Kentucky, where he earned his medical degree. Upon finishing medical school, Dr. Day and his wife worked as physicians in Indiana, Ohio, and Hawaii—a journey that eventually led them back to Kentucky.

Dr. Day, dressed in a white doctor's coat and tie, sits in a chair as he looks at a computer with three of his co-workers sitting and standing next to him.
In his roles as a physician and an administrator, Dr. Day works closely with his team. (Photo taken pre-COVID-19)

“I came back to do cardiac critical care and to direct the transport team for the Kentucky Children’s Hospital. Later, I was named the Associate Chief Medical Officer for Kentucky Children’s Hospital, whose primary job at that time was to re-look at the heart program—how we were going to bring it back up, what it was going to look like, and how we could take it to the next level.”

Dr. Day, his wife, and their four children sit on their front porch while posing for a photo. Each child is holding a chicken, cat, or dog.
Dr. Day, Kristi, and their four kids live on their family farm just south of Lexington.

As a Kentuckian and a father of four, Dr. Day felt a pull towards helping other families through the hospital’s work. During his tenure, he’s helped increase the quality of care offered by the hospital, as well as the level of access that families across the state have to that care. His hard work—and, he’s quick to note, the hard work of everyone at the hospital—has paid off. Today, Kentucky Children’s Hospital is nationally ranked in two pediatric specialties. One of them is the heart program which initially attracted Dr. Day to return to his home state.

Standing behind a podium outside of the hospital in front of a blue Kentucky Children’s Hospital ambulance—Dr. Day prepares to speak to his colleagues and the community. He is dressed in a black suit with a blue shirt and blue tie.
Dr. Day unveiled a new pediatric emergency transport vehicle to help patients across the Commonwealth reach Kentucky Children's Hospital.

“It’s kind of like that saying: ‘You can go fast alone, or you can go farther as a team.’ I think we are an example of that. This has been years in the works for us. It’s not about achieving the rankings, it’s about achieving the absolute best care, and to have it here in Lexington is phenomenal.”

Dr. Day stands in a young patient’s room speaking to their family—the room is filled with posters, drawings, toys and stuffed animals.
“Every patient is different. Every child is different. Every situation around the parents is different.” (Photo taken pre-COVID-19)

One of Dr. Day’s main focuses has been bringing together talent—both on the hospital’s team, and in collaborations with other health care systems like Cincinnati Children’s, Shriners, and local hospitals across the state. For him, it’s all about expanding the network of expert care, giving Kentucky families the best options for their kids, no matter where they are.

Dr. Day and his family walk down the driveway of their house together as they all smile while looking towards Dr. Day.
“On our family farm, we have chickens, a rooster, two dogs and thirteen cats—it’s an interesting household.”

“You hear Dr. Capilouto say, ‘It’s the university for Kentucky.’ In many ways, we are the children’s hospital for the state. The idea is not to bring everything to Lexington—but to take the best care out to our surrounding communities. We want families from my hometown to have confidence that they will receive the best care here at Kentucky Children’s Hospital.”

A portrait photo of Dr. Day smiling with greenery in the background. He is wearing a plain black t-shirt and is standing with his hands on his hips.
“If you'd have asked me five years ago, would I be fortunate enough to be sitting where I am today? I would say, ‘There's no way.’"

See how Dr. Day’s work impacts Kentucky families

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A portrait of Ellie Hurley, a young girl with short brown hair and glasses, wearing a gray t-shirt, posing on a playground. She is smiling while looking away from the camera.Charlie, a toddler-age boy with curly brown hair dressed in a green striped onesie, sits on a netted swing with a large home and yard in the background.