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.

Friction between Erlanger doctors and CEO comes to a head

Published Jun. 23 2019

Top physicians who oversee the quality and safety of medical care at Erlanger Health System say they've lost confidence in...

Regional Health Council moves forward with possible solutions to non-emergency 911 calls in the Chattanooga area

Published Jun. 19 2019

Local leaders from public health, social service and emergency response sectors continued their quest Wednesday for solutions to a soaring...

Experts: Start talking about aging and suicide

Published Jun. 16 2019

Editor's note: This article is the first in a three-part series about aging and suicide. It was written with the...

Tennessee moves up in health rankings, but drug deaths worsen, report says

Published Jun. 12 2019

A new report on state health system performance found states across the nation are grappling with soaring rates of deaths...

Supreme Court ruling on public comment process could allow some hospitals to redeem significant amounts of money

Published Jun. 6 2019

Hospitals that serve higher numbers of low-income patients could recoup a significant amount of money after a ruling by the...

Deaths from falls among older Americans are on the rise

Published Jun. 4 2019

New research shows fatal falls have nearly tripled in older Americans in recent years, rising to more than 25,000 deaths...

More than opioids to blame for rise in Tennessee drug deaths

Published Jun. 3 2019

Opioids continue to fuel drug overdoses in Tennessee, but a new report shows the state's drug crisis is evolving as...

The percentage of disability claims filed for joint disorders is rising significantly in Tennessee

Published Jun. 2 2019

The percentage of disability claims filed for joint disorders is rising significantly in Tennessee, according to recent claims data from...

US holds CBD hearing as fans, sellers await legal clarity

Published May. 31 2019

U.S. regulators are exploring ways to officially allow the hemp ingredient in food, drinks and dietary supplements.

Tennessee leads nation in children's health insurance enrollment drop percentage, report says

Published May. 30 2019

A national decline in kids enrolled in Medicaid and children's health insurance - with the sharpest enrollment rate drop occurring...

New mammography guidelines spark debate

Published May. 28 2019

Breast surgeons and cancer survivors fear conflicting new recommendations over screening mammography guidelines are confusing providers and putting women at...

Wrong number? Increasing number of fire departments' calls involve medical, non-emergency help

Published May. 27 2019

Firefighters typically conjure images of brave rescues from burning buildings, but many today spend more time on medical calls, helping...

Erlanger board approves bylaws change on former members' employment with the hospital

Published May. 23 2019

Erlanger Health System's board of trustees approved an amendment to its bylaws Thursday to prohibit board members from entering into...

Inaugural Faith-Based Health and Wellness Symposium tackles health disparities

Published May. 20 2019

State Rep. G.A. Hardaway, D-Memphis, invoked Martin Luther King Jr. on Saturday as he addressed a group of Chattanooga churchgoers...

Chattanooga Moms Demand Action, residents discuss ways to stop gun violence

Published May. 19 2019

Chattanooga Moms Demand Action convened a group of residents at the Chattanooga Public Library downtown Saturday to discuss ways to...

Debate over horse soring still stretches from show ring to Washington, D.C.

Published May. 17 2019

U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Marsha Blackburn, both Tennessee Republicans, have introduced legislation they say will protect Tennessee walking horses...

Erlanger working with tech companies to launch new era of artificial intelligence to identify, treat strokes

Published May. 13 2019

There isn't a minute to waste when it comes to treating strokes, and while good treatments exist, they often come...

Hip-hop workouts aimed at boosting health in Chattanooga's poorer communities

Published May. 12 2019

The music of hip hop duo OutKast blared in the dim lighting of The Howard School gymnasium on a Monday...

Erlanger to open three new Express Care centers

Published May. 12 2019

Erlanger Health System officials were set to announce today plans to open three new Erlanger Express Care locations in downtown...

Chattanooga Clear the Air Conference: Speakers condemn soaring rates of e-cigarette use among young people

Published May. 8 2019

From cigars and chewing tobacco to cigarettes and new electronic devices, the landscape of tobacco products continues to evolve. And...