Elizabeth Fite (Reporter)

Phone: 423.757.6673
E-mail: efite@timesfreepress.com
Elizabeth Fite covers health care for the Chattanooga Times Free Press and joined the paper in 2017 after graduating from the University of Georgia's health and medical journalism master's program. She has written for WebMD, Georgia Health News and UGA's Office of Research, where she covered public health, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, infectious diseases and other sciences. Before returning to her hometown of Athens to attend UGA, she interned at the Aiken Standard, a daily newspaper in South Carolina, and graduated from Auburn University with degrees in journalism and English literature.

Barbara Bush's death renews conversation about palliative care, hospice

Published Apr. 22 2018

Former first lady Barbara Bush's death has ignited discussion about end-of-life choices and the difference between hospice and palliative care...

Experts: More must be done to help doctors avoid burnout

Published Apr. 21 2018

Pop culture often paints doctors as superheroes in white coats, but even when they're saving lives, physicians are only human.

Catoosa County Commission opposes Erlanger's plans for radiation oncology center

Published Apr. 19 2018

The Catoosa County Commission voted 4-1 during a meeting Tuesday evening to oppose Erlanger Health System's plans to build a...


Local doctors plead guilty after cheating military health program out of more than $65 million

Published Apr. 16 2018

Two physicians from Cleveland, Tenn., have admitted to cheating the military's health care program, TRICARE, out of more than $65...

Siskin, Vanderbilt bring autism training to Chattanooga

Published Apr. 14 2018

When it comes to diagnosing children with autism spectrum disorder, Katherine Gotham says the earlier the better.

Stop the Bleed campaign helps educate, train public to triage trauma patients [photos]

Published Apr. 13 2018

Brainerd High School seniors La'breuna Merity and Darianna King envisioned themselves in medical careers starting in ninth grade.

Chattanooga partners with AARP to improve livability for elderly

Published Apr. 12 2018

Chattanooga is the first city in Tennessee to join AARP's livable community network, meaning elected leaders are committing to make...

New bill promises better stroke care in Tennessee

Published Apr. 11 2018

Transporting stroke patients to the proper hospital — not necessarily the closest — is the rationale behind a bill recently...

Town hall meeting to explore ways to make Chattanooga more 'livable' for all ages

Published Apr. 9 2018

Experts and city leaders will discuss ways to make Chattanooga more "livable" during a town hall meeting at the Family...

Expert: Health providers are key players in child abuse prevention

Published Apr. 5 2018

Do you spank your kids when they misbehave? How does it make you feel? Would you like to try an...

Orange Grove research center aims to educate about dementia, disabilities

Published Apr. 4 2018

Patti Wade remembers John Goodlet as her loving, independent friend who idolized Elvis Presley.

Erlanger Murphy Medical Center opens doors

Published Apr. 3 2018

Murphy Medical Center in western North Carolina officially became Erlanger Murphy Medical Center on Sunday, bringing a sixth hospital —...


Spring means many area residents will start seeking allergy relief

Published Apr. 2 2018

Spring is in the air, and so is pollen — an unwelcome sight for those who suffer from seasonal allergies.

Patient, providers, insurer coordinate to address chronic disease [photos]

Published Mar. 31 2018

Managing multiple chronic conditions isn't easy.

State denies Erlanger's plan to build surgery center in Ringgold, Ga.

Published Mar. 27 2018

The Georgia Department of Community Health denied Erlanger Health System's request to establish an ambulatory surgery center in Ringgold.

An imperfect journey: 8 years of Obamacare

Published Mar. 26 2018

Eight years of promises — some to save it, others to destroy it — paint the Affordable Care Act's legacy.

Health care system reels following intense flu season

Published Mar. 25 2018

The burden of this year's influenza season — which struck the Chattanooga region, like most of the nation, early and...

Erlanger board gets glimpse of possible future

Published Mar. 23 2018

Erlanger Health System's new children's outpatient center is on track to open its doors this December, and leadership is now...

Yellow fever outbreak in Brazil prompts CDC warning to travelers

Published Mar. 19 2018

An expanding yellow fever outbreak has prompted the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to strengthen its advice to...

Report: Your health can be affected by where you live

Published Mar. 14 2018

Where people live can affect their quality and longevity of life, and health is influenced by many factors beyond medical...