Senior Vice President, Cleveland Clinic Akron General
Nealie D’Abate DHSc, MHSA, C-TAGME
Vice President – Western Reserve Hospital, Organizational Development and Chief Learning Officer
Nealie D’Abate has nearly 30 years of progressive experience in healthcare education, operations, and management. She has worked in non-profit and for-profit healthcare organizations and as an independent consultant for a variety of healthcare entities. At Western Reserve Hospital, Nealie serves as the Vice President, Organizational Development and Chief Learning Officer where she leads the education and organizational development initiatives for the physician-owned acute care facility. Her role also encompasses medical education and experiential learning programs, research, patient experience, and emergency management. She works closely with leaders to ensure alignment of organizational strategies and desired performance outcomes. Her focus includes culture development, organizational change, patient experience, and leadership development initiatives.
Nealie is passionate about learning and development. She is a member of the Association for Talent Development and the Association for Hospital Medical Education. Nealie has previously served as an Advisory Board member of the Kent State University Center for Corporate Development and of the Women’s Network of Northeast Ohio’s Curriculum Development Committee and Research and Market Analysis Task Force. She is a member of the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Consortium’s Institutional Review Board. Nealie was a 2021 recipient of the Summit County Historical Society of Akron’s Woman of the Year Award.
As a Master Trainer for TeamSTEPPS, Nealie instructs staff on medical teamwork strategies and patient safety. She is an adjunct faculty member for the Mercy College of Ohio Master of Health Administration program as well as the Ohio University Master of Health Administration and Bachelor of Science Integrated Health Studies programs.
Areas of Interest and Expertise
- Leadership development and coaching Organizational and culture development Competency modeling
- Onboarding and goal setting
- VitalSmarts Crucial Conversations Master Facilitator
- VitalSmarts GettingThingsDone (GTD) Master Facilitator
- TeamSTEPPS, Master Trainer
- Project Management, Certificate, Kent State University Education
Nealie earned a doctorate in health sciences from A. T. Still University with a concentration in leadership and organizational behavior. She earned a Master of Health Services Administration and a Bachelor of Science in zoology from Ohio University. She is also a certified training administrator in graduate medical ed