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.

Drug Take Back Day nets record numbers of pharmaceuticals in Tennessee

Published Jan. 8 2018

Tennessee took in a record number of pharmaceuticals in October during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, a biannual event...

Chattanooga region sees spike in reported influenza cases

Published Jan. 2 2018

Flu season kicked off early as activity increased significantly across the nation and the Chattanooga area in recent weeks.

Affordable Care Act enrollment down, but higher than expected

Published Dec. 27 2017

Affordable Care Act enrollment is down, but not by much, and a special enrollment period for people affected by hurricanes...


A family history: Genetic testing can identify inherited cancers

Published Dec. 25 2017

Kathy Shelby was 8 years old the first time cancer crept into her Christmas.

New tax bill's scrapping of individual mandate sparks concerns

Published Dec. 24 2017

Questions about the potential impact of the new Republican tax bill are flying, but one of the biggest changes under...

Is the Chattanooga region prepared for a public health emergency?

Published Dec. 21 2017

There's no predicting what potential public health emergency looms on the horizon, whether it's a natural disaster, an emerging infectious...

New guidance aims to clarify patient privacy rules

Published Dec. 18 2017

All health information isn't protected equally, and understanding the nuances of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA,...

Vaccinations encouraged as flu season ramps up

Published Dec. 16 2017

The number of people seeking medical treatment for influenza-like illnesses spiked in the latest flu report from the U.S. Centers...

Children's Hospital at Erlanger using Brave Gowns to empower young patients

Published Dec. 14 2017

Colin Sanders, 11, didn't need help feeling brave and strong as he lugged boxes filled with new hospital gowns and...

New device would be monumental for stroke care, health experts say

Published Dec. 11 2017

Every second matters when treating stroke, and local research to develop a portable diagnostic tool could help detect the problem...

Erlanger reviewing UT's conformance to affiliation agreement

Published Dec. 5 2017

The Erlanger Board of Trustees directed executive management to review and enforce the terms of the hospital's affiliation agreement with...

Workforce scrambles to keep up with aging population

Published Dec. 3 2017

The region's health care industry is greeting an influx of older adults at the same time it's bidding a significant...


Affordable Care Act enrollment outpacing last year's sign-ups

Published Nov. 30 2017

The number of people enrolling in Affordable Care Act health insurance plans for 2018 coverage is outpacing last year, according...

Giving Tuesday aims to increase charitable giving this holiday season

Published Nov. 28 2017

Holiday shopping is in full swing, but as consumers admire their spoils from Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the #GivingTuesday...

Research project controls drones using brainwaves [photos]

Published Nov. 26 2017

Controlling machines with brainwaves seems like science fiction, but if a University of Tennessee at Chattanooga research project succeeds, it...

Primary care doctors, specialists gather at CHI Memorial oncology symposium

Published Nov. 21 2017

Keeping primary care providers up to speed is important as cancer research develops — that was the theme of the...

Experts weigh in on social media's impact on teen suicide rates

Published Nov. 20 2017

Teen suicide rates in the United States rose between 2010 and 2015, and a new study suggests social media could...

Tennessee's health issues hurt its economy, report says

Published Nov. 17 2017

Tennessee's poor health status costs the state billions of dollars, and policy makers are taking notice.

Hospice Care Center moves downtown near Erlanger, opens doors Monday

Published Nov. 17 2017

Hospice Care Center, the acute care inpatient division of Hospice of Chattanooga, will begin serving patients and families at its...

After years struggling with his weight, local man undergoes bariatric surgery

Published Nov. 13 2017

Weight Watchers, the Atkins diet, low-carb, low-fat — Jerome Gordon tried them all.