Lina A. Dureza
Lina Dureza is the Administrator for Hughes Health and Rehabilitation, Inc. in West Hartford, Connecticut. Lina has several years of experience in management both in acute care and long-term care setting. She is a Certified Director of Nursing in Long-Term care and Fellow in the Academy of Certified Directors Of Nursing Administration. She is also a certified trainer for the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (NCCDP). Lina served as one of the panelists with the State of Connecticut DPH, IIDR Process and an active member of the Connecticut Association of Health Care Facilities, American College of Health care Administrators and the National Director of Nursing Administrators (NADONA).
Lina received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Filamer Christian University in the Philippines. Additionally, she received a certificate in Long-Term Care Management from the University of Connecticut, School of Business in 2004 and a Master of Science in Management with the Executive Master’s Program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2006.
In 2014, Lina was recognized as one of the Connecticut Nightingale Award Winners for excellence in Nursing, and in 2015, she received both the Northeast Region Nurse Administrator Award and the prestigious NADONA National Nurse Administrator of the Year Award. Moreover, she led her team at Hughes to win the ACHA/NCAL National Gold Quality Award in 2016. In 2017, the Connecticut Nurses Association awarded Lina the Public Service Award.
Outside of work, Lina provides leadership development training to those in the health profession, the latest of which was for the Department of Veterans Affairs in West Haven, Connecticut.
Amy Marie Peruti, RN, BSN
Amy Marie Peruti, RN, BSN, is the Director of Nursing Services at Hughes Health and Rehabilitation, Inc. Amy joined Hughes in January 2004, where she has worked on the unit level as a float nurse and a unit manager until becoming the RN supervisor for 11 years. Amy’s vast experiences and commitment to Hughes have given her the ability and foundation to deliver and oversee care with a focus on the family-oriented and caring environment that drives Hughes mission and vision statements.
Amy received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield in 2018 after receiving an Associate’s degree in Nursing from Goodwin College in 2005. Prior to earning her RN degrees, Amy received a diploma in nursing as a licensed practical nurse from New England Technical Institute in December of 2003. Amy is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and the National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration (NADONA). Amy is also a recipient of the Florence Nightingale award.
Amy is dedicated to her staff and their growth which is evident in her personal involvement in the education of nursing capabilities such as IV training and implementing diagnosis driven programs (Heart Failure and Sepsis). Amy has also committed herself to the satisfaction and quality outcomes for the residents at Hughes and their families and over the years has developed a strong rapport with many she has encountered.
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.
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.