Former TriHealth exec named CFO of major Butler County nonprofit

Community First Solutions headquarters on South Third Street in downtown Hamilton. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF FILE PHOTO
Community First Solutions headquarters on South Third Street in downtown Hamilton. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF FILE PHOTO

Former TriHealth executive Brian Krause has been named chief financial officer of Hamilton-based nonprofit Community First Solutions, which is one of Butler County’s largest employers.

Krause joins former TriHealth executive Brett Kirkpatrick, who was named president and CEO of Community First Solutions in September 2018.

Krause will replace Mark Zoellner, Community First’s CFO for the past 12 years, who is retiring in May.

“I worked closely with Brian throughout my 12 years at TriHealth,” said Kirkpatrick. “I value his expertise in all aspects of healthcare finance. I also appreciate his commitment to employee engagement and talent for fostering strong teams.

MORE: After celebrating 2019, Hamilton officials optimistic about what’s coming this year

Kirkpatrick said he is confident that Krause’s diverse experience in the healthcare industry, as well as his proven leadership expertise, will be great assets to Community First Solutions.

With more than 20 years of progressive advancement as a strategic financial leader, Krause brings considerable experience to support the financial leadership of Community First’s growing nonprofit network, Kirkpatrick said. Krause began his career with TriHealth holding several key leadership positions during his tenure including controller and vice president of finance for the health system.

Most recently Krause served as CFO for S&S Strategies, a Cincinnati based healthcare organization.

Krause said Community First Solutions has “a long history and a great reputation” and that he is excited to join the organization.

MORE: Want to change government? Join Hamilton’s Charter commission

“I worked with Brett for more than a decade at TriHealth and have a lot of respect for his vision and leadership,” Krause said. “We are very aligned on the importance of balancing the many needs of a mission driven organization with the business disciplines required for sustainable growth.”

Kirkpatrick said today’s healthcare environment is rapidly changing and commitment to quality and collaborative partnerships are more important than ever.

“Our in-depth understanding of the healthcare industry, combined with our diverse scope of services and proven outcomes make Community First well positioned to meet the current and future health and wellness needs within our region,” he said.

Community First Solutions’ nonprofit network provides a diverse scope of health and wellness programs to more than 30,000 clients throughout southwestern Ohio. Its services include Berkeley Square and Westover, two top-ranked senior living communities, Jamestowne Inpatient & Outpatient Therapy, Bridges Rehab at Home, Community Behavioral Health, Community First Pharmacy, LifeSpan, and a wide array of community based services and in home support such as Meals on Wheels, Independent Living Assistance, Fleet Transportation and the Elderly Services Program.

MORE: Hamilton decision clears next hurdle for proposed $11M YWCA facility