I've reworked the CSS and a bit of the code to create a customized rendition of the Splash Page's story container. I've set it to fit into an image container and moved the story contents down a bit - we'll be using this at the health center to showcase various departments/news/etc in the near future. If this would be of any use to anyone else, feel free to take a look and download the revised code.
Take a look at the source code to see where to insert what into your pages, and all relevant files are located within:
Thanks for any help, and hope this can be useful for some of you as well.