Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Institute

The New England Kiwanis Family has partnered with the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center to serve children with traumatic injury, conduct research, and organize programs to prevent traumatic injury in children across New England.

What is KPTI?

The Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Institute (KPTI) is one of the New England and Bermuda District Projects. KPTI is supported by the Kiwanis Foundation of New England (KNFE), which is the charitable foundation for the New England District of Kiwanis, Tufts Medical Center, and the Floating Hospital for Children. KPTI is located at Tufts Medical Center in downtown Boston, Massachusetts. 


The Kiwanis Family is committed to serving children in our local and global communities. During the 1970s, the New England District of Kiwanis sought to establish a new project that would meet the needs of children in New England. Pediatric trauma was and is a major problem in the community, and the New England District of Kiwanis set out to confront it. Kiwanian Dr. Harold “Hap” Gerrish approached Tufts Medical Center and the Floating Hospital for Children with the idea, and the Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Institute was founded in 1981. 


Since 1981, the Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Institute has served children with traumatic injuries, conducted pediatric trauma research funded by the Gen Re Corporation, and organized community safety programs. Injured children are treated in an American College of Surgeons verified Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center staffed by talented health care professionals. KPTI is a member of the Massachusetts Prevent Injuries NOW! Network (MassPINN), the Greater Boston Safe Kids Coalition, the Partnership for Passenger Safety (PPS), and the New England Coalition of Trauma Nurse Coordinators. KPTI also supports Boston MedFlight, along with Tufts Medical Center and other hospitals, with their helicopter first-response program. KPTI’s Community Safety Programs educate more than 33,000 children and their families every year in New England alone. 


The Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Institute is dedicated to treating and preventing traumatic injuries which are the leading cause of death and disability for children, more than all other diseases combined. KPTI was the first pediatric trauma center in the world, and today it continues to serve a very important need in our community. The New England and Bermuda District of Key Club International is very proud to have contributed to the success of the Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Institute (a tax-exempt, non-profit organization) through fundraising and organizing community safety programs.

How can my Key Club help?

Key Clubby Bears

Key Clubby Bears are teddy bears (but better because of Key Club!) provided by the New England and Bermuda District of Key Clubs. Your Key Club can order two cases for free, and you can order additional cases for $100 per case. Each case contains twelve bears. After receiving these cuddly bears, your Key Club delivers them to fire stations, police stations, hospitals, and other humanitarian programs. These organizations, in turn, will give the Key Clubby Bears to scared, injured, and ill children, which will provide those kids with a feeling of safety and reassurance.

Bicycle Rodeos/Safety Days

The Kiwanis Family Safety Day and Bike Rodeo was created by KPTI in 1994. Each year about eighteen thousand children participate in this fun and educational day sponsored by local Kiwanis clubs, police departments, fire departments, and other organizations throughout New England. This program provides: 

  • Information for children and families about bike safety.

  • Step by step instructions from planning and promoting your safety day to set-up and clean-up.

  • Helmets are also available at reduced cost. 


For a complete guide to planning a Kiwanis Family Safety Day, click here.​

Other KPTI Community Programs

KPTI has a variety of other Community Programs for Kiwanis Family clubs throughout the New England and Bermuda District, such as:

  • B.E.L.T.S. Seatbelt Safety Program (for CKI)

  • Bully Free Zone

  • Concussion Information

  • I'm Safe! On My Bike in New England


Key Clubby Bears


Order two FREE boxes of Key Clubby Bears and distribute them to local first responders so they can give a little comfort to a kid during an emergency.


Early Childhood Injury Prevention Kits

Order the supplies to assemble Early Childhood Injury Prevention kits and donate them to local pediatricians and organizations that work with new parents.


Bicycle Rodeos

Learn how to organize a Bicycle Rodeo/Safety day with your local Kiwanis Club and community to give out helmets and teach children about bicycle safety.