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.

Controversial legislation could dramatically transform health care in Georgia

Published Feb. 17 2019

Some Georgia lawmakers have reignited a heated debate over health care regulations with an 83-page bill that could dramatically reshape...

Tennessee lawmakers eye their own certificate-of-need changes

Published Feb. 17 2019

Search the term "certificate of need" on the Tennessee General Assembly website, and 15 various House and Senate bills pop...

Erlanger, radiology group resolve contract dispute after agreement changes

Published Feb. 15 2019

A contentious contract standoff between Erlanger Health System and a radiology group was resolved Friday after both sides agreed to...


Hospitals must provide price lists, but even they don't tell the whole story

Published Feb. 10 2019

A new mandate that requires hospitals to list their prices online was supposed to clear up some of the confusion...

Erlanger and radiology company reach agreement after physician backlash, contract hearing

Published Feb. 8 2019

Tennessee Interventional and Imaging Associates will remain Erlanger Health System's radiology service provider after the two reached an agreement late...

Health officials warn patrons of Dalton restaurant about possible hepatitis A exposure

Published Feb. 7 2019

Anyone who ate at the Crescent City Tavern in Dalton, Georgia, last month should be on alert for symptoms associated...

Documents show Erlanger's physician contract flap breeding culture of distrust, threatening hospital's flagship stroke program

Published Feb. 5 2019

Erlanger Health System administration's pattern of disrupting physician contracts is threatening the hospital's flagship stroke program and breeding a culture...

New faith-based health council in Chattanooga tackles health disparities

Published Jan. 29 2019

Despite living in the area of nearly 1,700 nonprofits, three hospitals and countless medical providers, minorities in Hamilton County experience...

Erlanger OK's $9.5 million sterilization contract

Published Jan. 24 2019

Erlanger Health System's board voted Thursday to outsource surgical instrument sterilization to Steris Corporation, an international provider of infection prevention...

Erlanger Health System bounces back in second quarter

Published Jan. 23 2019

Erlanger Health System regained some early fiscal year 2019 losses to finish the second quarter — which ended Dec. 31,...

Chattanooga area residents give back to their community through MLK day of service [photos]

Published Jan. 21 2019

Chattanoogans braved Monday's blistering cold weather to serve the community on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

From the fields of Tennessee to a lab in Alton Park, here's a look at Chattanooga's growing hemp industry [photos]

Published Jan. 18 2019

Last year's tax season had just ended when certified public accountants Travis Phillips and Alan King sat down for lunch,...

McCallie students get glimpse of robotic surgery through simulations [photos]

Published Jan. 17 2019

General surgeon Walter Rose never imagined a future when robots would help perform surgery when he graduated from McCallie School...

Tennessee hit hard by hepatitis C mostly because of opioid epidemic, according to report

Published Jan. 16 2019

Tennessee is one of the states hardest hit by hepatitis C, and the opioid epidemic is largely to blame, according...

CHI Memorial to offer hernia screenings, treatment information on Wednesday

Published Jan. 14 2019

Anyone can develop a hernia — a bulge or weakness usually from a muscle defect — and if left unrepaired...

Smoking burns your wallet, along with your lungs

Published Jan. 9 2019

Smoking kills nearly half a million people in the United States each year, but the deadly habit damages Americans' wallets,...

Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Health Council wants tobacco prevention funds reinstated

Published Jan. 7 2019

Regional health council members say Hamilton County's anti-smoking progress is in jeopardy if state leaders keep their plan not to...

Early postpartum opioid use linked to persistent problems, study says

Published Dec. 24 2018

Regardless of their delivery method, women prescribed opioid pain medications soon after childbirth had a higher risk of developing chronic...

New name, more services for HIV-focused nonprofit in Chattanooga

Published Dec. 23 2018

What's in a name?

Tennessee still ranks in the bottom 10 in national health ranking, despite improving obesity rate

Published Dec. 14 2018

Tennessee's ranking for overall health got a boost - thanks in part to an improved obesity rate - up three...