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.

Annual walking horse competition kicks off this week under renewed criticism of soring practice

Published Aug. 18 2019

The biggest competition for the Tennessee walking horse breed begins Wednesday in Shelbyville, Tennessee.

Chattanooga man's daily struggle, excessive 911 calls become catalyst for change

Published Aug. 18 2019

Firefighters visited Jeffery Henson sometimes four or five times a day in January. That month, he called 911 more than...

18th Annual Minority Health Fair provides free health screenings, education to close gaps in health disparities

Published Aug. 18 2019

More than 6,000 area residents and 130 vendors flocked to Eastgate Town Center for the Hamilton County Minority Health Fair...


Fear grows over poisonous algae that kills dogs; no outbreaks in Tennessee, officials say

Published Aug. 13 2019

Tennessee dog owners who fear their pooches may be the next victims of algae poisoning can find hope in the...

Chattanooga's Parkridge Valley uses recreation as a form of therapy for children, teens

Published Aug. 12 2019

Adventure education facilitator David Hoover hiked up the trail that leads to the overlook at Parkridge Valley's Child and Adolescent...

Nashville Council urges Tennessee's U.S. senators to change their record on horse soring

Published Aug. 7 2019

Members of the Nashville Metro Council are urging U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., to support a bill...

CHI Memorial teaches mental health first aid

Published Aug. 4 2019

We use CPR to save someone if their heart or breathing stops, but it can be harder to know when...

Erlanger, state offer free breast and cervical cancer screenings for qualified patients

Published Aug. 1 2019

Erlanger Health System is partnering with the state's Tennessee Breast and Cervical Screening Program to offer free breast and cervical...

New mobile clinic brings HIV, sexually transmitted infection treatment to rural communities across southeast Tennessee

Published Jul. 31 2019

Cempa Community Care on Wednesday celebrated the launch of its new mobile clinic, which will allow the Chattanooga-based nonprofit to...

Thirteen national health care groups issue letter opposing TennCare block grants

Published Jul. 29 2019

Thirteen national health care organizations have issued a letter to the commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration...

For new moms, returning to work can create nursing challenges

Published Jul. 29 2019

Hillary Myers' goal to breastfeed for a year after her first child was born in 2011 hit a roadblock when...

US House passes bill expanding horse soring rules, enforcement; Tennessee Rep. Cohen applauds vote

Published Jul. 25 2019

The U.S. House on Thursday approved a bill proponents say will better protect Tennessee walking horses and related breeds from...

Erlanger plans to open two new medical facilities in Cleveland, Tennessee

Published Jul. 24 2019

Erlanger Health System plans to open two new medical facilities in Cleveland, Tennessee, hospital officials announced Wednesday.

Horse soring bill faces monumental vote; supporters fear Tennessee legislators could rein in measure

Published Jul. 23 2019

Bipartisan legislation that promises to end the inhumane practice of horse soring - which became illegal in 1970 but persists...

Sen. Lamar Alexander's bipartisan legislation promises to eliminate surprise billing, lower health care costs

Published Jul. 22 2019

Todd Johnson thought he knew which hospitals were in his family's health insurance network when his son needed emergency care...

Sen. Todd Gardenhire to lead new Electronic Health Records Task Force

Published Jul. 19 2019

State Sen. Todd Gardenhire, R-Chattanooga, has been appointed by Lt. Governor Randy McNally to serve as chairman of the Electronic...

Erlanger Health System vice president resigns amid patient safety, quality concerns

Published Jul. 15 2019

Erlanger Health System's vice president of patient safety and quality has resigned from her role at the hospital, according to...

Chattanooga's hospitals struggling with shortage of nurses

Published Jul. 13 2019

The Chattanooga region is home to six different nursing programs producing nearly 500 graduates per year.

Program brings chest wall surgery patients, prospective patients together

Published Jul. 8 2019

Alli Smith, age 15 at the time, had waited nearly seven years for Dr. Lisa Smith to give the go-ahead.

State injects additional $5 million to widen mental health safety net for low-income Tennesseans

Published Jul. 3 2019

More low-income Tennesseans who lack health insurance coverage and don't qualify for TennCare are now eligible for free mental health...