The Meaning Behind the Pineapple
During the Italian Renaissance, the pineapple symbolized the spirit of hospitality. In later years, American innkeepers carried on the European tradition by placing decorative pineapple symbols on their doors. This time-honored practice signified the promise of a warm, friendly atmosphere within.
When philanthropist Arthur Vining Davis gave the property and funds to construct Baptist Hospital, he requested that a pineapple fountain be built at the hospital’s main entrance. This would provide guests with an enduring first impression of Baptist Health’s compassionate, attentive service. The fountain still exists today.
After completing an orientation, all new employees are presented with a pineapple pin. Each employee attaches the pin to their identification badge to reflect our dedication to hospitality.