The Red Jacket symbolizes a way to support programs including the Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Institute, a partnership between the Kiwanis Foundation of New England, Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children since 1981. The Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Institute (KPTI) is located at the Medical Center in downtown Boston, Massachusetts.
KPTI began in the late 1970's with a desire of New England Kiwanians to serve children with a comprehensive, long-term commitment. Many ideas for helping children were discussed, but pediatric trauma, a new and underserved area of medicine was chosen. Dr. Harold "Hap" Gerrish, a dentist from Dover-Foxcroft, Maine and long time Kiwanian, presented the idea of a center for medical treatment, research and safety outreach programs to Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children, and in 1981, the Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Institute was founded. A helicopter first-response program was part of the initial plan and today KPTI and the Tufts Medical Center are members of the consortium of hospitals that support Boston MedFlight.
KPTI is a non-profit, tax exempt organization. The programs and services provided by the institute are supported by the Kiwanis Foundation of New England, Tufts Medical Center, the GenRe Corporation, The Boston Foundation, the New England District of Key Clubs, the New England District of Circle K, and by donations from corporations, foundations and individuals.