Advocacy Spotlight

Dianne Savastano - Healthassist

Dianne Savastano is a pioneer in the field of patient advocacy. She began her 30-year career as a registered nurse, providing direct patient care. In 2004, Dianne founded Healthassist, a Massachusetts-based company that specializes in providing personalized services in helping clients navigate the complexities of the healthcare system. Dianne's success has allowed her to develop and grow her organization into a team of professional healthcare advisors focusing on medical navigation and coordination of care as well as in managing insurance choices.

Dianne’s many accomplishments include speaking engagements on 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, a Board-Certified Patient Advocate, is a founding member of the National Association of Healthcare Advocacy (NAHAC), 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), the first regional group of NAHAC, and serves as Treasurer. She was one of the first members of The Alliance of Professional Health Advocates, founded in 2009. She serves as a Springboard Member for HealthAdvocateX.

Dianne received her BS in Nursing from Rhode Island College and her MBA from Simmons University in Boston.

At NAHAC, we are fortunate to have Dianne as one of our founding members and extend our sincere gratitude to Dianne for her past contributions to our Board of Directors.