Elizabeth Fite (Reporter)

Phone: 423.757.6673
E-mail: efite@timesfreepress.com
Elizabeth Fite covers health care for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. She 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. She was the recipient of the 2017 Atlanta Press Club Award of Excellence for investigative reporting. Previously, she interned at the Aiken Standard in South Carolina and graduated from Auburn University.

Public will have opportunity to see Erlanger's new children's outpatient center on Sunday

Published Dec. 4 2018

Chattanooga's influence on the new children's outpatient center at Erlanger is apparent, from the classic locomotive out front, to its...

Radiation therapy services return to North Georgia

Published Dec. 4 2018

CHI Memorial Hospital-Georgia announced Tuesday that radiation therapy services will resume at the hospital's Battlefield Parkway location in Ringgold.

Two dead due to significant hepatitis A outbreak in Tennessee

Published Dec. 3 2018

Health department officials say Chattanooga's hepatitis A outbreak shows no sign of slowing despite six months of aggressive, communitywide education...


Aging with animals: Pets can help older adults, but they come with challenges

Published Nov. 23 2018

Pooch, a former North Shore neighborhood stray, spent years on the run, too skittish for anyone to catch, before 79-year-old...

Data examines impact of contraception on Southeast Tennessee

Published Nov. 2 2018

Contraception could save Southeast Tennessee $53 million a year in public money, according to data from the Guttmacher Institute that...

Complaint about patient safety, staffing at Erlanger NICU sparks review

Published Oct. 30 2018

An anonymous complaint alleging patient safety, staffing and other facility problems at the Children's Hospital at Erlanger's Neonatal Intensive Care...

No patients, employees harmed in Erlanger NICU after cleaning fluid leak causes ceiling tile to fall

Published Oct. 26 2018

No babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, or NICU, at Children's Hospital at Erlanger were exposed to a cleaning...

Erlanger misses budget but exceeds prior year

Published Oct. 25 2018

Erlanger Health System lost $1.2 million in operating income — falling $1.9 million under budget — over the first quarter...

Chattanooga boy being treated for mysterious paralyzing illness

Published Oct. 18 2018

A 6-year-old Chattanooga boy is undergoing treatment in Atlanta for a rare and mysterious paralyzing illness that affects the nervous...

Concerned citizens launch coalition, billboard campaign for Medicaid expansion

Published Oct. 15 2018

A new billboard along Highway 27 in Chattanooga is one of several across the state highlighting Tennessee's economic loss and...

Erlanger gives CEO raise, looks toward new year

Published Oct. 4 2018

Erlanger's Board of Trustees rewarded President and CEO Kevin Spiegel with a $46,000 raise during its monthly meeting on Thursday,...

Erlanger Health System's growth continues

Published Oct. 1 2018

Erlanger Health System's fiscal year 2018 audited financial statements, which were released Monday evening, reveal a year of growth, accomplishments...


New program aims to empower and equip doctors

Published Sep. 17 2018

Local physicians dedicate their lives to taking care of others, but a new local program aims to equip them with...

Health experts urge getting flu shots now

Published Sep. 7 2018

As a new influenza season approaches, memories of the last still weigh on the mind of Dr. Tim Jones, state...

BlueCross changes opioid coverage policies

Published Sep. 6 2018

Tennessee's largest health insurance provider is making big changes to its prescription opioid coverage next year, including new supply limits...

Mosquito-borne illness circulating throughout region

Published Sep. 2 2018

Public health officials are urging area residents to protect themselves from mosquitoes this holiday weekend after an increase in West...

Recognizing the people who put the 'care' in Chattanooga area health care

Published Sep. 1 2018

Chattanooga is home to Tennessee's biggest health insurer, the world's biggest disability insurer, a half dozen nursing and medical colleges...

A lifetime of medical service: Dr. Eugene Ryan

Published Sep. 1 2018

Dr. Eugene Ryan describes himself as "just an average Joe," but in an era where the art of medicine is...

Robots recreating anatomy: Tennova showcases new robotic joint replacement technology

Published Aug. 31 2018

Half a millimeter can make or break a successful joint replacement.

Erlanger wellness conference targets female health, finances

Published Aug. 30 2018

Registration for the third annual Make It Matter! Make It Happen! Make It A Healthy Lifestyle! Women and Girls Health...