Mark J. Finkelstein
Mark J. Finkelstein, M.P.S., FACHCA, CNHA, is the administrator of Hughes Health and Rehabilitation, Inc., and serves as the vice president of the organization’s Board of Directors. He has been a licensed nursing home administrator since 1972, and has served in various management capacities in his career.
Mr. Finkelstein founded Subacute Management Corporation of America, a company that owned and operated thirteen nursing homes throughout New England, and completed a successful public offering of a health care real estate investment trust in 1987.
Mr. Finkelstein is a Fellow of the American College of Health Care Administrators and holds professional certification as a nursing home administrator. He is a director of the Connecticut Association of Health Care Facilities and is a Lifetime Honorary Member of the National Association of Directors of Nursing.
Mr. Finkelstein is a past president of the American College of Health Care Administrators. Mr. Finkelstein has served as an adjunct faculty member of Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut, where he taught Organization and Management of Long Term Care Facilities at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He has guest lectured at the Harvard Business School and the Yale Law School, presented at numerous conferences and seminars, and has appeared on several radio and television programs focusing on post-acute care.
Mr. Finkelstein has been the recipient of numerous awards in his professional career. He has received multiple facility leadership awards, including the Distinguished Nursing Home Administrator Award, the highest and most prestigious award given by the American College of Health Care Administrators. He has received the Ross Laboratories Distinguished Service Award for distinguished service and leadership to the members of the American College of Health Care Administrators and the Distinguished Administrator Award from the Connecticut Chapter of the American College of Health Care Administrators. He has received the Honorary Commission as a Kentucky Colonel from the Governor of the State of Kentucky for “contributions on the national level in the health care arena on behalf of his fellow man.” In 2016, Mark was the recipient of a Healthcare Hero Award by the Hartford Business Journal.
Mr. Finkelstein has also received four awards from the General Assembly of the State of Connecticut for contributions to professionalizing the administration and improving the quality of patient care, for the provision of reliable and unbiased assessments of health care issues, and for his years of meritorious and distinguished service.
Lina A. Dureza
Lina A. Dureza, RN, BSN, LNHA, MSM, is the Director of Nursing at Hughes Health and Rehabilitation, Inc. Lina joined Hughes in May 2007, and has extensive experience in nursing, management, and administration. Equally important, Lina’s years of dedication to residents and their families reflects Hughes’ mission of providing healthcare service in an environment where caring makes the difference.
Lina received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Filamer Christian University in the Philippines in 1977. Additionally, she received a certificate in Long Term Health Care Management from the University of Connecticut School of Business in 2004, and a Master of Science in Management in the Executive Master’s Program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2006. She is a member of the American College of Health Care Administrators and the National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration (NADONA). In 2015, Lina was awarded the national 2015 Nurse Administrator of the Year by NADONA.
Prior to joining Hughes, Lina’s most recent positions were Administrator and, prior to that, Director of Nursing at the Subacute Center of Bristol, CT.
Satyarani Tallapureddy, M.D.
Satyarani Tallapureddy, M.D., C.M.D., is the Medical Director at Hughes Health & Rehabilitation. Dr. Tallapureddy is a Medical Attending Physician affiliated with St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at University of Connecticut Health Center. Dr. Tallapureddy has been in practice since 2004 and is certified by the American Medical Directors Association as a Certified Medical Director. Dr. Tallapureddy strives for excellence and compassionate care for her patients. She is fluent in English, Hindi and Telugu.
Dr. Tallapureddy practices Primary Care, Women's Health, Geriatric Medicine, Hospice Care and Travel Medicine. She is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Palliative Care.
Dr. Tallapureddy graduated from Osmania Medical College in 1998. She completed her Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Connecticut Health Center in 2004. We are immensely proud to have Dr. Tallapureddy serve as our Medical Director.
To view Dr. Tallapureddy’s website, please visit: www.primarycarect.com.
Laurie Ann Spruill
Laurie Ann Spruill is the controller of Hughes Health & Rehabilitation, Inc., and is responsible for developing and implementing systems to operate the facility in a financially sound manner. She supervises the accounting and financial reporting within the organization and oversees the implementation and monitoring of internal controls. An industry veteran with more than 30 years of experience in nursing home accounting, Laurie has worked at Hughes for nearly 20 years.
Laurie is a 1988 graduate of the University of Connecticut where she received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Presently, she serves as a member of the Association for Long-Term Care Financial Managers and the Manchester Area Alumnae Pi Beta Phi. In addition, Laurie leads many of Hughes’ community outreach and philanthropic programs.
Prior to joining Hughes, Laurie served as the accounting supervisor of Apple Health Care in Avon, CT.
Jennette Livingston is the Director of Social Services at Hughes. Jennette utilizes her skills as a Social Worker to provide emotional, physical and spiritual support to Hughes’ residents. “I consider it a blessing and an honor being a Social Worker. It’s wonderful to know and understand your life’s calling. I find it quite rewarding talking with our residents, and reassuring and comforting them and their families,” said Jennette. Among her many talents, Jennette enjoys singing with Hughes’ residents as a way of providing spiritual comfort. It’s not unusual to find Jennette singing in a recreation activity and engaging our residents with songs and laughter. Jennette is also trained to provide care at bedsides when residents, as Jennette eloquently explains, “are nearing the sunset of their lives.” She is also a specialist in caring for those with Alzheimer’s Disease through her work with the Alzheimer’s Association. Jennette is a graduate of the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford.
Jim is Hughes’ Director of Food Services. A 40-year veteran in the food service industry, Jim also has more than 30 years experience in food service management. With two associate degrees from Manchester (CT) Community College, Jim has spent the last 30 years working in long term healthcare facilities. “It takes the hard work of many, many hands to celebrate the success we have achieved at Hughes and will achieve in the future,” says Jim. “Feeling like being a part of a team that has been entrusted with caring for our residents is the best part of my job here,” says Jim.
Michelle Lipka, MS, RD, is the Registered Dietician at Hughes Health & Rehabilitation. With more than 20 years experience in long-term care, Michelle brings a dedicated and passionate approach to all she serves. Michelle goes above and beyond expectations to help residents live healthy lifestyles by ensuring they receive high quality, nutritional meals. Michelle works directly with residents and their families to ensure that food preferences and high quality meals are delivered in a caring, personalized environment at Hughes. Michelle has a BS degree in Nutrition from the University of Saint Joseph and a MS degree in Nutrition from the University of New Haven. Michelle's professional dedication to healthy living carries over to her personal life and includes her interest in personal fitness, including Zumba and walking. "I'm very happy to be at Hughes Health & Rehabilitation," said Michelle. "From the minute I walked through its front door, I noticed Hughes' home-like environment. I knew immediately I was working with people who cared about their residents and each other."
Michael J. Wilbur is the Treasurer of Hughes Health and Rehabilitation, Inc. He is also responsible for operations in several support service areas, including Dietary, Engineering, Housekeeping, Human Resources, Safety and Risk Management, 401(k) Administration, and the Office staff.
In his 30-year career at Hughes, Mike has seen many changes in the long-term care industry and tremendous growth and development in the professional staff at Hughes. Any given day brings something different for Mike with his range of responsibilities. The days that are most rewarding are when he can get out of his office and pass through the halls greeting residents and employees by name and stop to help solve a problem that someone is having.
Mike received his BA in US History from Rutgers University in 1980.