Elizabeth Fite (Reporter)

Phone: 423.757.6673
E-mail: efite@timesfreepress.com
Bio:
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.

Erlanger plans $11.3 million emergency department in Bradley County

Published Feb. 21 2018

Erlanger Health System plans to continue its recent spate of expansions, with an $11.3 million freestanding emergency department in Bradley...

Soddy-Daisy woman survived Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 [photos]

Published Feb. 18 2018

Through the back window of her Soddy-Daisy home, Dora Sowell watches the Tennessee River. On warm summer days, it teems...

Erlanger-UT continue ironing out disputes

Published Feb. 18 2018

In the monthslong dispute between Erlanger Health System and the University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga, a local hospital...


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National smoking rates decline, local challenges remain

Published Feb. 11 2018

Anti-smoking advocates' hopes are becoming reality as more Americans opt to pass on cigarettes, but large disparities in smoking rates...

Erlanger, UT debate remains unresolved

Published Feb. 11 2018

The chairman of Erlanger Health System's board of trustees said he is confident the hospital can resolve its conflict with...

Health department offers free flu shots, encourages vaccination

Published Feb. 10 2018

In response to widespread illness, the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department announced it will offer free influenza vaccinations — a $35...

Schools, parents take action to stop spread of flu [photos, document]

Published Feb. 4 2018

Doorknobs, handrails, lockers — any potential germ-harboring surface — were fair game as parents descended upon the halls of the...

Wellness summit targets workers

Published Jan. 27 2018

Over 100 representatives from more than 80 local employers gathered Friday for the second annual Chattanooga Worksite Wellness Summit, a...

Done deal: Erlanger acquires Murphy Medical Center in North Carolina

Published Jan. 26 2018

Erlanger Health System brought a sixth hospital into its growing empire following a "yes" vote from the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Hospital...

Working Americans using less health care, but paying more, report says

Published Jan. 24 2018

Workers in the U.S. used fewer health care services but paid more for health care in 2016 than in previous...

Erlanger closer to deal with North Carolina hospital

Published Jan. 23 2018

Erlanger Health System is one step closer to extending its services into North Carolina after the hospital's Budget and Finance...

Your neighborhood might be making you sick, study says

Published Jan. 22 2018

Your neighborhood might make your sick, according to a study by Vanderbilt University School of Medicine researchers that was published...

CHI Memorial's new mobile lung screening helps detect cancer

Published Jan. 19 2018

CHI Memorial is rolling out its new "Breathe Easy" mobile health coach to better detect lung cancer early in hard-to-reach,...

Casino night at Stratton Hall in Chattanooga benefits ALS patients

Published Jan. 17 2018

Ever since his diagnosis in November 2016, Chattanooga resident Craig Carter has envisioned raising support for other people afflicted by...

Region's influenza cases continue to increase

Published Jan. 16 2018

Influenza activity increased again in the latest flu report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with all...

Health issues back in spotlight for Tennessee lawmakers

Published Jan. 13 2018

Tennessee's state legislators braced for another busy year in health care policy as the General Assembly kicked off its second...

Tennessee lab is leading fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Published Jan. 11 2018

Antibiotic medications attack infectious, disease-causing bacteria, but the pathogens that antibiotics are designed to kill are learning how to fight...

Blood Assurance in critical need of O-positive blood

Published Jan. 9 2018

Blood Assurance is in critical need of type O-positive blood donations.

Curbing opioid epidemic means changing patient expectations

Published Jan. 9 2018

The opioid epidemic is changing how providers treat pain, but health care leaders say patients need to change, too, when...

A record 3 people in Tennessee die by suicide each day

Published Jan. 9 2018

Suicide rates in Tennessee reached a record high in 2016, up slightly from the previous year, and remain above the...