One of Hamilton’s largest employers expanding in merger of assistance programs

A community organization is absorbing another into its ranks for the benefit of both.

Community First Solutions will merge LifeSpan into its not-for-profit network effective July 1.

The new alliance, which was celebrated Monday evening by representatives from both organizations, is being hailed by officials on both sides as “mutually beneficial.”

Community First is one of the leading providers of behavioral services in the region, the largest provider of home-delivered meals in Butler County, the founder of the second not-for-profit pharmacy in the nation and the operator of two top-rated senior living communities and Jamestowne Post-Acute Rehabilitation Center.

LifeSpan is a local nonprofit that offers a variety of services to support families and older adults including guardianship and representative payee, school-based counseling and financial wellness programs. They also manage Elderly Services Program’s intake, referral and case management support.

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The deal positions LifeSpan for growth through increased efficiencies associated with a consolidated and larger organization, and furthers the mission of Community First by expanding the scope of existing services, officials said.

LifeSpan services complement existing Community First services provided by its other subsidiaries including Colonial, Community Behavioral Health, Community First Pharmacy and Partners in Prime. LifeSpan will remain a separate entity within the Community First network and several board members will join the Community First Board of Directors.

“Although our organizations differ in size, the passion and commitment of the employees who deliver our services is equal,” said Brett Kirkpatrick, president and CEO of Community First Solutions. “The cultures of LifeSpan and Community First are similar: sharing a commitment to engagement, value, and furthering our missions by helping more people, more often.”

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Community First is one of the largest employers in the city of Hamilton. With the addition of LifeSpan, it will have nearly 650 employees.

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Together, Community First and LifeSpan represent more than 175 years of service to residents of Butler County and beyond, officials said.

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