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.

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.

Should Ebola or another infectious disease strike Chattanooga, a team of health care professionals is ready [photos]

Published Jun. 17 2018

Although Chattanooga's health care systems have never treated anyone for Ebola virus, Africa's latest outbreak is a reminder that in...


Commander of Navy Medicine West visits Chattanooga

Published Jun. 13 2018

Rear Adm. Paul Pearigen, commander of Navy Medicine West, has returned to his Tennessee roots to meet with local leaders...

Aspiring youth get behind-the-scene look at medicine [photos]

Published Jun. 7 2018

Does med school take forever? Is it really that hard? Do you get paid? How do you handle dying patients?...

Special event reunites heart patients with providers

Published Jun. 6 2018

Physicians, nurses and patients got a rare opportunity to reconvene post-procedure at CHI Memorial's Tuesday evening reunion of patients who...

Erlanger Behavioral Health Hospital nears completion

Published Jun. 6 2018

Elected officials and the business community got a preview Tuesday of the new Erlanger Behavioral Health Hospital at the corner...

International medical graduates expected to fill gap in U.S. health care

Published Jun. 4 2018

The United States will need up to 120,000 additional doctors, including a minimum of 42,600 primary care physicians, by 2030,...

New book aims to educate about epilepsy

Published Jun. 2 2018

Audrionna Hill, 12, and Satchel Cundiff, 9, have never met, but their paths will soon converge in a book from...

Erlanger releases rendering of proposed ER in Bradley County

Published May. 30 2018

Officials with Erlanger Health System released on Wednesday an artistic rendering and details of their proposed Level IV trauma center...

Report: Childhood obesity hits Tennessee hardest

Published May. 30 2018

Children in Tennessee are more obese than those in any other state, according to a new report from the nonprofit...