Integrative Spaces Strategy™

Working with Carole Hyder to create Integrative Space™ in your healthcare facility is an innovative experience. Your space will take on a larger meaning than just looking good. In fact, your space will reflect your values and goals in a beautifully subtle way. Here are some ways to maximize the Integrative Space™ approach.

When to Use

The question of Integrative Spaces™ should be top of mind when you are considering the following:

  • New construction
  • Remodeling (even just one section of your facility)
  • Putting on an addition
  • Some area just doesn’t feel right
  • Some area just isn’t working the way you want

An Integrative Space Strategy™ will assure that your healthcare facility changes into an extraordinary experience—and beautiful as well.

What to Expect

Be prepared for new perspectives, out-of-the-box ideas, and a different way to look at your space.  Aligning your facility with the values and goals which are the underpinnings of the business can be achieved from the look and feel of your space.  Be ready for your facility to be thoughtful, welcoming, and remarkable.

How It Works

It’s important that you bring Carole Hyder into a face-to-face meeting during which she can clarify your goals, see the extent of your project, and meet the other team members.  You will also hear and see in more detail the extent of Carole’s experience and how other healthcare facilities have benefited from her expertise.

After the initial meeting, Carole needs to be apprised consistently of the progress of the project.  Whether through phone calls, emails, Skype or FaceTime, her input will be invaluable at this stage.  It is possible she could save you from a decision that might be a waste of your financial resources.  Even if very little activity has taken place since your last communication with Carole, her value to you comes from keeping her up-to-date so she can provide her expertise in a timely way.

Carole must be invited to all design meetings; she will judiciously decide whether her presence will be important or not depending on the specific topic.  These meetings can be via Skype or FaceTime if not in person.

Carole will regularly submit in writing all of the suggestions she makes, providing the team a chance to review and reflect.

What is included in an Integrative Space analysis?

Here are a few questions that Carole addresses during an Integrative Space analysis—some more relevant to new construction and some to a building that is being remodeled or reconfigured:

  • Where is the building going to be sited?
  • What’s the best direction the building should be facing?
  • How does the building relate to the roads?
  • What’s behind the building?
  • Are the all-important 5 Elements evident in the entry?
  • Where is the CEO’s office going to be?
  • Where’s the desk going to be in this office?
  • Where do employees eat?
  • In what area is the back door situated?
  • What about those elevators?
  • What colors are best?
  • Does lighting matter in Feng Shui? (Yes, it does.)
  • Where is the best place for the conference room(s)?
  • What kind of artwork is appropriate in patient rooms?
  • What kind of artwork is appropriate in the reception area?
  • What kind of artwork is appropriate in an office?
  • What happens in the hallways?
  • How can Feng Shui be applied in patient rooms?
  • Does the outside matter? (Yes here, too.)

Each space will have its own set of considerations that Carole will assess and determine whether it requires mitigation or enhancement.

At the start of the project, Carole Hyder will provide you a contract outlining specific aspects of her work with you.  She will remain a part of the project until all of these aspects have been satisfactorily completed.

She is always focused on supporting you on your journey.  Therefore, as other areas of the project develop, you may find that Carole’s Integrative Spaces approach is needed in additional aspects of the development of your healthcare facility, not originally included:  a new team member has been hired and needs an Integrative Space assessment of their office; an area isn’t ending up with results you and your team wanted; the color palette is being changed; rooms are being re-configured; to name a few.