Chief Financial Officer
With more than 20 years of progressive advancement as a strategic financial leader, Brian brings
considerable experience to support the financial leadership of our growing organization. Brian has
expertise in all aspects of healthcare finance, including forecasting, budgeting, revenue cycle, and debt/
Brian began his career with TriHealth holding several key leadership positions during his tenure including Financial Analyst, Controller, and Vice President of Finance for the health system. Prior to joining Community First, Brian served as Chief Financial Officer for S&S Strategies, a Cincinnati-based healthcare organization.
Brian has extensive experience in optimizing partnerships under many different structures. At TriHealth, he successfully integrated the financial operations of 3 hospital acquisitions, and numerous physician practice acquisitions as the organization added over 500 employed physicians in a short period of time. In addition, Mr. Krause played a lead role in developing the finance support model for a joint venture cardiac cath lab, a joint venture radiation oncology business, and was the Board Chair for a best-in-class healthcare laundry cooperative owned by 3 separate heath systems. The successful integration of these various partnership models was predicated on leveraging the scale of the combined operations while also determining which functions were best deployed at the local or site level.
Brian earned a Bachelor of Health Sciences degree and an MBA in Finance from the University of Kentucky.
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How long have you been with CFS?
What was your first job?
"I delivered newspapers when I was in middle school."
Do you have a role model that you look up to? Who?
"There isn’t one specific person, but I’ve tried to take pieces from lots of different people I admire and try to incorporate those traits in my work."
What three words would you use to describe your leadership style?
"Supportive, direct, and decisive."
Do you have a favorite leadership quote?
"It’s not how many times you get knocked down, but how many times you get back up that counts.” The work we do is hard and I’ve seen some of the best people I’ve worked with really beat themselves up over a mistake. I hate to see great people get down on themselves over a mistake because we all make mistakes and the key is just learning from them and keeping moving forward."
It’s Saturday at 6pm during the summer, where might we find you?
"Probably out to dinner somewhere or on my back porch."
What passions do you have outside of your career that your colleagues would be surprised to know?
"Well, this probably isn’t much of a surprise to people that know me but I’m a huge Kentucky basketball fan. I grew up in Lexington, Kentucky and that’s almost mandatory."
What job did you want when you were in 5th grade?
"I wanted to be a sports announcer."
What brought you to work in the Healthcare/Community Based Services sector?
"My Dad was a Social Worker and I thought I might want to get into Health Administration, but then I did an internship in a Hospital Finance department which got me really interested in finance and business. I ultimately decided to combine the two because I love finance, but it’s much more satisfying to work in support of healthcare leaders that are accomplishing so much good for people."
What book is on your nightstand right now? Or what podcast are you listening to currently?
"I hate to admit it, but I don’t read that much unless I’m on vacation and I don’t listen to podcasts. This will sound really nerdy, but I’m actually looking for a good book on cryptocurrency right now."
What is your why?
"Like most people, my family is my biggest why. However, my other why is our front-line team members at CFS. Finance is a support department and my goal is to do the best job I can to give our team the resources they need and help the company thrive."
What is a piece of advice you wish you had been told in your early years of your professional career?
"There’s no such thing as failure so don’t worry about failing. If something doesn’t work out, then you just make adjustments because the game isn’t over."
How do you decompress after a stressful day?
"I like to just zone out and watch a baseball or basketball game or maybe something on Netflix."
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