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.

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...

Erlanger lawsuit: TennCare favors insurers over hospitals for needy

Published Aug. 28 2018

Erlanger Health System is suing the state's Medicaid program, TennCare, saying it's purposefully siphoning money from hospitals that treat the...

United Way outlines $11.5 million campaign goal for 2018

Published Aug. 21 2018

United Way of Greater Chattanooga plans to raise $11.5 million - more than the organization's total net revenue since 2006...

Tennessee drug overdose deaths increase

Published Aug. 20 2018

Drug overdoses killed 1,776 Tennesseans in 2017, up from 1,631 in 2016, according to data released Monday by the Tennessee...

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.