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Jody Telfair-Richards

Jody Telfair-Richards had a great routine going. She’d wake up, read in bed, then practice Tai Chi. But one morning that routine was disrupted when she felt a jolt in her arm and began having a stroke. Channeling her Tai Chi practice, Jody was calm on her way to her local ER at LincolnHealth and throughout her care. Through video conference, the team connected Jody to a specialist at Maine Medical Center who explained the clot-busting tPa procedure.

“I am a truly lucky person to be located near a small local hospital with emergency treatment available to me” explained Jody. “Had I been forced to wait until after the long ambulance ride for the tPA treatment, I may well not have recovered.”

Jody received the tPa, then transferred to Maine Med with a nurse from Lincoln’s ER by her side. Today, Jody’s days remain filled with good books and Tai Chi. Her outlook on life – and her support for local hospitals – is stronger than ever.


With campuses in the coastal communities of Boothbay Harbor and Damariscotta, Maine, LincolnHealth is a full-service healthcare system with more than 1,000 full and part-time employees. LincolnHealth is the largest employer in Lincoln County.

MaineHealth Telestroke Network

When you're having a stroke, getting the right treatment quickly is very important. But many local hospitals do not have stroke experts on site. The MaineHealth Telestroke Network connects you and your local emergency care team with a stroke expert using two-way videoconferencing. The stroke expert can assess your condition remotely and recommend the best care plan.