President & Chief Executive Officer
Brett is a proven leader with more than 20 years of progressive experience in strategic planning, innovative program expansion, and leadership of operations throughout the healthcare continuum. He is passionate about developing strong cultures that promote quality, growth, and successful outcomes.
Prior to joining Community First, Brett held leadership roles with the TriHealth system, serving most recently as Senior Executive for TriHealth’s McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital and Bethesda Butler Hospital. There he developed a market strategy and led the integration of two of the newest hospitals into the TriHealth system. In his tenure with TriHealth, Brett also led the Senior Services division and later became the Executive Director of Ambulatory Services before assisting with the integration of TriHealth’s Physician Partner network. Brett served as a Nursing Home Administrator for both Deaconess Long Term Care and HCR ManorCare prior to joining TriHealth.
Brett is an active community leader serving on the Greater Hamilton Chamber of Commerce Board of Trustees, Hamilton Vision Commission Advisory Board, and the Rotary Club of Hamilton. Brett is a passionate advocate for older adults and serves on the Board of LeadingAge Ohio.
He holds an M.S. in Organizational Leadership from Mount Saint Joseph University and a B.S. in Health Services Administration from the University of Cincinnati.
Say "hello" to Brett Kirkpatrick, President, and CEO of Community First Solutions. Read more about Brett's career journey and discover a few personal facts about him as well as how he enjoys spending his time outside doing an abundance of activities.
How long have you been with Community First Solutions?
"I started with CFS in Aug 2018 ."
What was your first job?
"New car dealer Car Washer. I pulled a hose and carried a bucket around the lot and washed every car. Once I was done, it was time to start over again……Talk about work never-ending."
Do you have a role model that you look up to? Who?
"Early/mid-career I had a mentor whom I say without hesitation, helped me develop into the leader I am today. Although we have different personalities and at times different approaches to situations, the principles of honesty, integrity, and servant leadership were always present and traits I admire and attempt to replicate."
What words would you use to describe your leadership style?
Do you have a favorite leadership quote?
"2 years ago with the pandemic began we adopted a saying within CFS – “80/20 rule”, said another way, “don’t let perfection get in the way of progress”. This was especially important as new information on the virus was being updated daily and even then, so much was (and still is) unknown. We needed action and couldn’t wait to get all the answers. Without action, we would have spiraled and quickly gone into analysis paralysis. So we agreed as a team that we would live by the 80/20 rule. We will try to figure out 80% before we change/pivot/implement (whatever the situation), but we weren’t looking for perfection. Rather we were looking for action and a commitment to adjust (the 20%) quickly as we learned more and understood what worked and what didn’t. We agreed that we would fail at times and this was ok, we would rather fail to try than to fail because of inaction. We’ve learned a ton of the last 2 years about COVID but I would tell you that adoption of the 80/20 rule was a game-changer for our organization and saved lives. We took action and adjusted quickly and will be a leadership quote we continue to live by within CFS."
It’s Saturday at 6pm during the summer, where might we find you?
"You will find me at the lake. Sitting on the shore, sitting on a boat, swimming in the water – I can’t tell you the exact location but can tell you with 100% certainty I will be there."
What passions do you have outside of your career that your colleagues would be surprised to know?
"I’m an avid shooter. Pistols, Skeet, Trap, long-range. If it has a trigger and goes boom, I’m in. I built my own long-range rifle and my longest shot was hitting a 2’x3’ metal at 1,000 yards (over ½ mile). At that range, you can only see the target through the scope (not visible to the naked eye) and you see the metal swing seconds before the sound gets back to you."
What job did you want when you were in 5th grade?
"NBA player of course."
What brought you to work in the Healthcare/Community Based Services sector?
"I’ve been in healthcare my entire career, and in the non-profit, geriatric services, and senior living sector for the bulk of that time. I love being out and about to serve our community and the diversity of services and work that occurs within CFS and the entire healthcare sector. On any given day I can be talking with residents, board members, interviewing a new candidate, reviewing financials, and everything in between."
What book is on your nightstand right now? Or what podcast are you listening to currently?
""Into the Wild" by Jon Krakauer."
What is your why?
"I love seeing things improve and grow. Whether that is people growing professionally or personally, growth of services, growth of process (meaning improvements), ……Doing this in an industry that touches people’s lives in such a meaningful way is powerful and energizing to me. The work we do MAKES A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF THOSE WE SERVE."
What is a piece of advice you wish you had been told in the early years of your professional career?
"Everything we do in life is about people and relationships. The more people you know, the more people you trust, the better off you are – as a person and a professional."
How do you decompress after a stressful day?
"This is a work in progress…..My wife and I have 3 boys 19/18/10 so when I get home the focus is on family."
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