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.

Tennessee clinic finds majority of anaphylaxis due to tick bite meat allergy

Published Aug. 13 2018

The most common cause of anaphylaxis cases in a Tennessee allergy clinic stemmed from an allergic reaction to alpha-gal —...

Erlanger Children's Hospital receives special delivery [photos]

Published Aug. 10 2018

Erlanger Health System officials announced Friday a $5 million donation from the Kennedy Foundation — the single largest gift in...

Why is healthcare so expensive?

Published Jul. 31 2018

Medical providers in the United States face a long list of administrative tasks, from filing insurance claims and billing patients...


Back-to-school vaccines required in Tennessee

Published Jul. 30 2018

As parents check soap, Kleenex and disinfecting wipes off their kids' back-to-school shopping lists, public health officials want them to...

Athletic trainers prep for a new season at Hamilton County schools

Published Jul. 27 2018

Hamilton County Schools' new team of athletic trainers is gearing up for the start of school in two weeks, rehearsing...

Bradley County Commission tackles complaints against Tennova

Published Jul. 23 2018

Bradley County commissioners held a work session Monday focused on concerns over long waits at Tennova Healthcare-Cleveland's emergency department.

Landmark study could provide clues about Alzheimer's

Published Jul. 22 2018

Local high-schoolers from 1960 who participated in a landmark study could help researchers better understand the causes of Alzheimer's disease...

Childhood trauma changes the brain, experts say

Published Jul. 20 2018

After the deadly Woodmore bus crash that killed six children in Brainerd in 2016, Jucinta Rome, a licensed clinical social...

Expert: Wasteful spending accounts for nearly half of U.S. health care burden

Published Jul. 17 2018

Wasteful spending could account for half of the approximately $3.5 trillion America spends on health care, an expert told members...

Twenty-three child vehicular heatstroke deaths reported so far this year

Published Jul. 16 2018

All children - no matter how well they're cared for - are at risk of dying in a hot vehicle,...

Tackling chronic respiratory illness requires understanding

Published Jul. 16 2018

Noncompliant, smoker, stubborn were a few words that Rhonda Bilyeu used to associate with patients who had chronic obstructive pulmonary...

Surgeons call for more research, education as new trends in female lung cancer rates emerge

Published Jul. 8 2018

Two weeks after having the lower lobe of her right lung removed, Mary Ketterer's cancer is gone, but a nagging...

Hamilton Medical Center to appeal certificate of need decision

Published Jul. 3 2018

Georgia Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle met with Hamilton Health Care System officials Monday to discuss possible reform to the state's...

Hepatitis A cases continue to rise in Hamilton County

Published Jun. 29 2018

Cases of hepatitis A, a vaccine-preventable, contagious liver infection, continue to increase in Hamilton County.

Erlanger board reacts to state denial, moves forward with budget

Published Jun. 29 2018

After a week of key "no" votes, Erlanger Health System leaders finally got a "yes" on Thursday evening when the...

Erlanger's bid to build new emergency department in Bradley County, Tennessee denied

Published Jun. 27 2018

Erlanger Health System's bid to build a free-standing emergency department in Bradley County was denied Wednesday by the Tennessee Health...

Memorial officials rally Georgians against Erlanger cancer center

Published Jun. 26 2018

Officials from CHI Memorial Hospital Georgia say Erlanger Health System is the only obstacle to Memorial providing full-service cancer treatment...

Erlanger budget passes committee, moves to full board

Published Jun. 26 2018

The Budget and Finance Committee of Erlanger's Board of Trustees on Monday night authorized the hospital's proposed $1.1 billion budget...

Vascular surgeon says look for these warning signs [photos]

Published Jun. 25 2018

Blood transports oxygen, and if the flow to a major organ like the heart or brain stops, the outcome can...

Chattanooga experiencing increase in hepatitis A cases

Published Jun. 21 2018

Chattanooga is experiencing a higher than normal number of cases of hepatitis A virus.