President & Founder
Dianne Savastano is Founder and Principal of Healthassist, a Massachusetts-based company founded in 2004 that specializes in helping clients navigate the complexities of the healthcare system.
Beginning as a registered nurse providing direct patient care, Dianne’s 30-year career includes roles as a hospital, insurance, and employee benefits executive and as a management consultant. Her experience has taught her to ensure that the healthcare consumer is at the center of the healthcare equation.
A frequent, sought-after speaker, Dianne has delivered programs covering a wide range of critical healthcare-related topics covering patient advocacy, Medicare choices, healthcare reform and more. In addition, she has been interviewed in both national and local media, including Boston Women’s Business, The Detroit Free Press, Financial Advisor Magazine, Yahoo Health, and National Public Radio’s Morning Edition. Further, she has appeared as an expert guest on the PBS Second Opinion Series and presented at the Massachusetts Conference for Women.
Dianne is a founding member of National Association of Healthcare Advocates (NAHAC), founded in July 2009, serving as Treasurer on the Board of Directors for 5 years. Currently, she serves as a member of NAHAC’s Advisory Board. She is a founding member of Massachusetts Healthcare Advocates (MAHCA), founded in 2014, the first regional group of NAHAC and serves as Treasurer. She was one of the first members of The Alliance of Professional Health Advocates (APHA) founded in 2009. She is a member of Greater National Advocates (GNA) founded in 2020. She currently serves as an advisor to HealthAdvocateX as part of its Advocate SpringBoard, and she is a Board-Certified Patient Advocate.
Dianne received her BS in Nursing from Rhode Island College and her MBA from Simmons University in Boston. Dianne enjoys being outdoors, sails frequently out of Newport, Rhode Island, bikes regularly (she’s completed several Pan Mass Challenges) and enjoys skiing with friends and family.