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Panelist: Dianne Savastano
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Episodes in which Dianne Savastano appears

President and Founder of Healthassist
Personal Healthcare Consultant
Manchester by-the-Sea, MA

Dianne Savastano is a healthcare professional with the unique perspective and experience of both a clinician and administrator. During her 25-year career in healthcare, Ms. Savastano has worked as a nurse providing direct patient care, as a hospital manager, as a director of managed care for an insurance company, as a manager of workers' compensation programs, and also as the primary caregiver for a close family member diagnosed with multiple cancers. She is now the principal and founder of Healthassist, a personal healthcare consulting service based north of Boston.

Ms. Savastano received her nursing degree from Rhode Island College and her MBA from Simmons College in Boston. She has worked as a clinical director and registered nurse for hospitals and rehabilitation facilities, helping to coordinate care for more than 100,000 patients each year. She has also served as director of managed care for The Chickering Group and as relationship director at CitiStreet for 200,000 health plan participants. Throughout her professional career, Ms. Savastano has been a champion for patients' rights, recognizing that at the center of every healthcare decision is a person who may be overwhelmed by a diagnosis, treatment plan, or insurance dilemma.

In 2004, Ms. Savastano established Healthassist to provide individual, customized consulting services to patients and their families. Understanding the perspective of all stakeholders in the healthcare system allows Ms. Savastano to work purposely on behalf of her clients, while, at the same time, teaching them how to become better advocates for their own healthcare.

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