Martha’s Vineyard Hospital is in line to get $1 million from the federal spending bills recently signed by President Joe Biden. 

The Oak Bluffs hospital will receive $1.07 million to purchase equipment for the operating room, acute care unit and the radiology department. Hospital spokesperson Greg Mathis said the new equipment will help keep the hospital up-to-date as the population on the Island continues to age. The funding is part of a $1.2 trillion spending bill signed passed late last month. 

“We’ve expanded services so much over the last five, six years and the technology is helping us keep up with the volume that we’ve seen,” he said. 

The funds will go toward new lighting for a surgical room, nitrous oxide for quick pain relief anesthesia, 10 telemetry monitoring units and a fluoroscopy unit for improved imagery.

The hospital first introduced nitrous oxide last year when Dena Kostka, a physician’s assistant in the emergency department, joined the hospital from Newton-Wellesley Hospital. 

The system delivers a 50-50 mix of nitrous oxide and oxygen to relieve pain and decrease anxiety, according to the hospital. The gas acts quickly and lasts only a few minutes. 

“Many time, other forms of pain control such as lidocaine for anesthetizing a wound is still needed prior to suturing, but the nitrous makes the injection less painful and the remainder of the procedure less stressful, particularly for small children,” Ms. Kostka said last year.

The telemetry units can get accurate reacings throughout the day without patients having to be stuck in bed. 

Mr. Mathis said the addition of the new technology will mean more services can be provided at the hospital and people will not need to go off Island as much. 

“It’s definitely to help fill a growing need,” he said.