GREENWICH, CT (WCBS 880) — A new Connecticut state tax is being blamed for program cuts and layoffs of 36 workers at Greenwich Hospital.

Executive director Frank Corvino, says the tax collects nearly 5 percent of hospital revenue, leaving a shortfall of $8.5 million.

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One person sad to see the Healthy Living Center close, is former Greenwich First Selectman Richard Bergstresser, who faithfully uses the facility.

“I consider it a lifesaver because when I first went into office, my cardiologist pointed out I wasn’t getting any exercise,” said Bergstresser.

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Corvino says there will across the board changes. Employees will be paying more into their benefits, but insists the hospital’s first-rate care will not suffer because of these cuts.